Projects

ZERO-COMBUSTION ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

The Hot Spring is forming an ongoing research community project to develop zero-combustion energy sourcing technologies. The first phase of the project entails filling in the conceptual space of the zero-combustion paradigm for energy generation. Next, we propose thinking toward the “jump generation” technologies, which emerge from advances still not in practical application, but which will enable us to vastly expand the energy-productivity of our resource base.

The key will be to rethink how energy can be extracted from the environment, without needing direct turbine-turning manifestations of kinetic energy or fuel that can be burned or broken down in order to produce that kinetic energy. This will be done by way of a series of improbable, but necessary advances, namely:

  1. Direct energy-to-energy repetitive transfer;
  2. 100% clean powering of circuitry and locomotion;
  3. Exploitation of surfaces as energy repeaters and multipliers;
  4. Self-powering vehicles, feeding from their own kinetic energy;
  5. Expressed energy re-generated by radically advanced processing mechanisms;
  6. Cross-platform technological engineering;
  7. Quantum mechanics as access point for future energy harvesting designs;
  8. Supplemental mechanisms that allow effective storage of clean energy…

More revolutionary ideas, with a wide array of technical specifics, will become part of our research base for this project. Please join our community and contribute your ideas, or just find a way to work our research into your informational work, whether in academics, public policy, media or business.

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FOOD SUPPLY RESTORATION & SECURITY: AFRICA

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As part of the Crisis Policy Forum, the HotSpring collaborative innovation initiative is now planning an effort to tackle the problem of food supply management and chronic food and water scarcity in Africa. The lessons from this experiment in collaborative research will be applicable in many cases to other situations around the world, and we are open to spurring dialogue in those areas as outgrowths of this ongoing discussion.

Discussion will focus on practical solutions to:

  1. Problems related to infusing food supply with enough to feed all those in need;
  2. Environmental degradation: i.e. resilience services, ecological measures, ecosystem management;
  3. Land use deficiencies: how to improve;
  4. Animal and timber poaching;
  5. Economic corrosion and instability;
  6. Corruption and funding shortfalls;
  7. Cooperative measures for extending food supply to conflict-afflicted areas;
  8. Overcoming limits of transportation infrastructure;
  9. Contagious disease: treatment, education, socio-economic impact;
  10. Communications gaps: get relevant anecdotal and researched data to those who can use it.

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WEB 3.0

INFORMATION INNOVATIONS, TOWARD A NEW GLOBAL FABRIC OF COMMUNICATION

Web 3.0 will surpass what we now know to be the interactive social networking and commercial convenience of Web 2.0. HotSpring is working to develop a number of bold innovations that will tackle the key problems inherent in the paradigm shift that underlies the transition to Web 3.0.

Among these, we plan to launch research communities in the following:

  1. Security: an entirely new species of anti-virus software solution
  2. Privacy: a global web-based platform for securing personal data, even in using widely distributed online commercial activities
  3. Browsing: a revolutionary new-design web-browsing & content management tool
  4. Publishing: a custom-editing breakthrough in desktop publishing, with global reach
  5. Talk: a new system for multi-media piggyback telecommunications, or VoIP+

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CRISIS POLICY FORUM

The Crisis Policy Forum is a blog-formated debate forum within which users may find information about or contribute suggestions, sources and criticism relating to issues of international humanitarian scope and intractable political crises that need creative thinking to advance to a more soluble phase in their development.

CPF aims to highlight and bring about new research and policy-proposals, to produce viable, locally-relevant solutions to pervasive crises such as fresh-water scarcity, chronic poverty, access to technology and education, voting rights, agricultural sustainability, infectious disease, conflict resolution and democracy.

The mission of CPF is not profit-driven or entrepreneurial, but is, rather, intended to focus on directing major policy initiatives toward sound, evidence-based efforts that strengthen the fabric of local communities and civil society. An essential ingredient in this project is the recognition that: ideology is a mystical devotion to singular, exclusive political structures, which as a result tends to bring about division, arbitrary exercise of power, social ‘blockage’, stagnation in the marketplace of ideas, persecution and a ‘dumbing down’ of the process of inquiry, generally.

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QUIPU ECONOMIC FORUM

Examining the manner in which financial news is reported in the popular media, THINK proposes to create a system whereby live-update, rss-technology, and financial and editorial expertise, come together to produce a reliable up-to-the-minute resource for evaluating broad economic trends and engagements, without limiting analysis to single-parameter references like GDP or individual stock indices.

It is often thought that in order to organize ideas or to put some kind of order to any analysis, one needs uniformity, a limited number of generic categories and a single system of uncomplicated parameters by which to categorize each subject under review. But the truth is, this uniformity is not and will not be the rule of any part of lived reality.

To emerge from the fog of flawed, incomplete and opportunistically limited economic and financial analysis, means we need to come to grips with the fact that all resources, all functions or ‘services’, be they natural or the product of human ingenuity, figure somehow in economic values at all levels. There may be no clear way to quantify their contribution or mercantilize them, but they are there, and nothing can be fully understood in economic terms without seeing this. [Complete Text]