Commenter Drinkwater – Althouse: “Using wooden mallets cut from plywood, a crew of eight banged together the slotted frame of a WikiHouse without a single nail.”

This exemplifies a lot of what bugs me about the current “Simple Human” movement. There is no acknowledgement of the depth of technology, industry, and labor behind this “simple” construction. E.g.

– How’d that plywood become so ubiquitous and high-quality?

– How is it that the plywood’s glue is durable and non-toxic and cheap?

– Those ICs in the CNC machine came from a billion-dollar fab, and were probably packaged on the other side of the planet.

– The metals in the CNC’s cutting tools are near the peak of a metallurgical tech that’s been in development since before Agricola, and would be simply unavailable without their own immense chain of tech and logistics.

via Althouse: “Using wooden mallets cut from plywood, a crew of eight banged together the slotted frame of a WikiHouse without a single nail.”.

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