We believe there are ways to utilize robots, AI, 3D printing and recycling technologies to help transition towards a circular economy.
Utilizing plastic identification and sorting technologies–combined with 3D printing and chemical decomposition–we can not only help close the loop on plastic production and consumption but clean plastic from the environment. Eventually, we hope such technologies can be combined into an outdoor 3D printing and recycling vending machine where anyone can get something 3D Printed from–depositing a plastic bottle (or a different plastic 3D print) to pay for it. These machines can make anything. Connecting those 3D printing vending machines to a digital wallet–and a network of trashcans that automatically identify and sort trash into recyclables–enables people to be credited for depositing that trash, and spend those credits at the 3D printer. This incentivizes cleaning the environment, and a circular plastic production economy.
Imagine if robotic gardens used rotational aquaponics to grow hyper-local ingredients–coupled with a robotic chef to turn it into an edible masterpiece. Now imagine that food production system connected to a network of other food production systems, creating an Internet of Food. The exchange of robotically-grown food can enable the systems to pay for themselves. Those same systems can plant permaculture food forests, which can help integrate into the network of food–creating an Internet of Food.