I’m very exited about the idea of an independent island for developers. It resembles my last years dream of Government-as-a-Service. Since we are in the food industry, lets take a closer look at the food supply system.
We have years of experience from sailors, campers, and astronauts. Although one occupation differs from another, we see the same variation in the food supply system. Sodium rich foods from sailors, dehydrated (to be light weight) from campers, and tubes from astronauts does not need to be a requirement for Silicon Island.
So if we wanted to design a food system for mental workers, lets start by making a criteria list for a 3 month term:
- Healthy for your body
- Efficient for mental work
- Diverse enough for all tastes
- No need for cooking and cleaning
- The cost of the food should equal to or less than regular food
If we ignore the possibility of a daily delivery of food by drones (which could be a destructive system) and do not want to eat daily servings of ramen, what other system could there be?
One may quickly say Soylent and close the case. My initial thought was the same, but wouldn’t you get tired of the taste very quickly? Even Rob took breaks every weekend during his trial. My personal experience allowed me to eat 100%FOOD for breakfast and lunch while keeping dinner regular. My customers who experimented with meal replacements thought so too.
So we need to develop a variation of meals with different flavors, textures (sometimes we need to chew) and temperatures (hot foods for cold weather and icy foods for hot weather). One thing needs to be in common - it needs to fit the USDA’s recommended 2000 calorie diet. We should be able to combine different meals without any hassle with calorie counting or worry of the nutrient balancing.
Is that feasible?
The activity on DIY.Soylent.me has shown that anyone with a scale and patience can mix the ingredients. Some mixes are eatable, some not. To encourage the beginners, we can suggest them with variations of the foods we want to have (since we are so different). I invite all of you who plan to live on Silicon Island or the Space Station to discuss this theme from answering one simple question:
- What types of the food would you like to see there?