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The Age of Low TechTowards a Technologically Sustainable Civilization$
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Philippe Bihouix

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529213263

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529213263.001.0001

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Daily Life in the Era of Simple Technologies

Daily Life in the Era of Simple Technologies

(p.81) Part III Daily Life in the Era of Simple Technologies
The Age of Low Tech

Philippe Bihouix

, Chris McMahon
Policy Press

This chapter investigates what daily life might be like in a low-tech era, including topics on agriculture and food, transport, construction, manufactured products, finance, information technologies, and love and leisure. It speculates the application of the general principles on low-tech without any assumptions about their political, economic, social, or cultural feasibility. It also describes the 'upstream' activities of food production that is needed to feed humanity in decades to come without compromising the capacity to feed for the coming centuries. The chapter looks at the freedom created by motorized individual mobility that came with a high price from the environmental and societal point of view. It probes how the energy issue might be solved in the low-tech world.

Keywords:   low-tech, food production, motorized individual mobility, transport, construction, manufactured products, daily life

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