Here’s an idea for all you future thinkers out there – what if we used a genetically modified organism (GMO) in combination with Nanotechnology to create a live tree house? Not just any tree house but one tailor made to provide clean water, plumbing, electricity and access of raw materials from the earth.
You could make it grow really fast with space for a single occupant at first and have it add rooms in a naturally hollowed out trunk as it aged. Have built in plumbing with a natural cistern for storing water up above the living area that the roots of the tree kept full of water. Have hollowed out roots that lead the waste water away to an area where they stored it and discharged it into the ground like a septic system while using the nitrogen from the waste as a natural fertilizer for the tree.
You could tailor make it to provide several types of fruit and perhaps even draw up raw materials from the ground and form them into nuggets for use in the manufacture of items through a Nanotechnology 3D printer.
They could even be designed to talk to each other with a network of fiber optic roots that stretched all over. Panels could line the inside of the trunk that displayed whatever data or entertainment the occupant requested from the “brains” of the tree which would be a computer with artificial intelligence and voice recognition. Video camera “eyes” could line the outside of the trunk so that there would be no need for windows and climate control could be optimized by moving air through the hollowed roots in the ground or air baffles in the trunk for cooling. Solar energies could be gathered for heating and power generation through the specially designed leaves. Lighting could mostly be pipped in through fiber optics during the day. Some really cool catwalks with safety netting and outdoor porches could be designed into the mix.
The tree could even send down a hollow tap root deep into the ground to access steam or hot water from geothermal energy for extra power generation.
If enough of these were planted all over the place could we then just walk about and look for an unoccupied tree and stay there for a bit if we felt like it? I bet this would be wonderful to lock up some of that extra CO2 we’ve been putting out in the atmosphere recently if drought hardy live tree houses could be designed.
Just something to look forward to if Nanotechnology and other inventions catch up with my wild imagination and please no bad Sci-Fi novels about CyberTrees taking over and poisoning people for extra nitrogen or something, for example: Dave asks, “CyberTree open the trunk door please”, CyberTree says: “I’m sorry Dave I can’t do that” <sounds of disturbing music play> 😀