Ken Gettys

Semi-retired, Volunteer computer instructor at local Senior Center
Salem, OR, United States

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Microsoft Computer Professional (MCP)

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English

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Dreaming big

An idea worth spreading

Earth Tower One (ET1), a massive 20 mile high pyramid, will be the result of the efforts of people around the world, by state of the art automated systems, and for the benefit of the entire human race!
ET1 will start as a single pyramid which will be 660 foot tall (1/8th mile) and 1,360 feet (1/4 mile) wide at the base. It will have an open frame except for base and corner trusses. Four telescoping trusses will be assembled, attached to the base, pointed towards the middle, then affixed to the top of a very large and very heavy duty construction balloon. As the balloon is inflated it will raise the pyramid to its 1/8th of a mile height. With the expanded trusses locked and the balloon deflated, the first pyramid of ET1 will be finished!

I'm passionate about

Designing Earth Tower One is a project build by robots, as the result of people, organizations, corporations, and governments from around the world, for the benefit of the entire human race!

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Open source architecture and engineering to make Earth Tower One a reality!

People don't know I'm good at

Dreaming & jousting with very, very tall windmill ideas. Complaining that web sites do not include a selection for "All Countries" to allow for thinking outside the walls!

My TED story

It started with learning about the Space Elevator which lead to thinking about a high altitude platform to launch Solar Sails using a Space Cannon as a way of building objects in and exploring all regions of space. A high Altitude platform would need tethers (of a material not yet available) and climbers or elevators to bring capsule to the platform that could be launched into space from the top. So instead of a tethered high altitude platform, why not a tall building? Using the age of design of pyramids, stacking these on top of each other until you reach 20 miles high, could provide a space launch platform (using Space Cannons) along with the benefits of a platform to mount lots of solar panels, wind turbines, weather stations, radio repeaters, Internet access points, and of course aircraft and bird warning devices (strobe light and transponders).

Comments & conversations

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Ken Gettys
Posted over 1 year ago
Is World Peace Possible Thru World Law?
I do not agree with the assumption that a world government could only be a Totalitarianism. Totalitarianism is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. [See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitarianism ]. The role of a world government could be limited to just preventing wars between nations (allowing nations to maintain standing armies that would not be allowed to pass beyond their national borders). This model is much like the states within the United States Of America where states are allowed to bear arms but not war against other states.
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Ken Gettys
Posted over 1 year ago
Is World Peace Possible Thru World Law?
Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your input(s). Rather than refuting all the negative comments given in response by you and others to the proposed “United People of Earth” movement, I will continue to identify and act as a human being first (rather than as a citizen of any particular country) and work towards making the world a better place for everyone. Winston Churchill, said, "The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty!". And I will continue to be optimistic that the human race can work together to solve problems and not continue to repeat the historical failures of the past. Repeat… We do not have to do the same things that have been done in the past! To the goal of forming the 15 person volunteer task force (that I mentioned in a previous reply to this debate and the reason why I got up this morning a few hours early) was to write job descriptions for these positions. If it were up to me (and it is not… this is up to the majority of people who will vote for these people who may become the founding leaders of the “United People of Earth” government), I would want optimistic, problem solving type of people who could lead the earth towards a better tomorrow. Perhaps a social scientist, a doctor, a historian, a political scientist, an environmental scientist, a Unitarian/Universalist Minister, a Peace Core worker, a military strategist, and seven other types of people from various parts of the world could work together to define the “United People of Earth” government. Now I am off to work better define the types of people and on the job descriptions.
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Ken Gettys
Posted over 1 year ago
Is World Peace Possible Thru World Law?
Hello Everyone and a thank you very, very much to those who have added their comments and opinions! I did not cite the wisdom that was in the 1958 “World Peace Thru World Law” book by Sohn and Clark as that offered a number of reasons for world law and would answer some of the objections raised in this Ted Talks debate. I did move forward to a “call to action” and that was to encourage you to sign a petition because if enough people sign the petition it will show that we do have the courage to move beyond our current national, religious, and mental boundaries towards making the world a better place for everyone. Also if enough people sign the petition eventually it will hit the main stream media and the word will get out to everyone in the world! In the mean time, we also need to find a 15 member task force of very savvy and intelligent people, from around the world, from various scientific, social, and religious disciplines, who can gather (via the Internet) to define and propose a way to a better world. Then thru the power of the Internet, we can vote to approve their proposed set of World Laws, setup this world government, elect a group of leaders (maybe some from the startup group), and perhaps call our new world government: “The United People of Earth”. And this method does not require the approval of existing governments, organizations (e.g. the UN), or religious leaders (so don’t wait for them)! It is up to you and the people of Earth to make it happen! To get this work group started, you may email me before the end of this debate on September 21, 2012:: WorldLaw@KenGettys.com with your nominations of individuals, along with their qualifications, affiliations, and interest in working for the people of Earth!
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Ken Gettys
Posted over 1 year ago
How high can we build on Earth?
To respond to your “Concept of Hubris” comment Barry, I put on my Don Quixote hat before I go about attempting to supporting the design of a 20 mile high building containing, among other things, wind mills. Since I know I am not the smartest kid on the block (especially with ancient Greek words like “Hubris”), I had to Google this “Hubris” word, which means (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubris): “extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.” As a retired person, I am not a person with any power as I hold no public office (thought I do volunteer on a local city flood plains control advisory committee). So your Hubris comment may concern “the overestimation of my competence or capabilities or contact with reality” not being a person in a position of power. Of course building a 20 mile high ET1 with a 40 square mile base by stacking 1/8 mile high (660 feet tall) pyramids on top of each other (up 160 levels) is an overestimation of my person budget, competence (I am not an architect), and capabilities (nor am I an engineer or builder) just a designer (and yes, a day dreamer because, with old timers, I forget the dreams I have at night)! So it comes down to my "contact with reality". However that all begs the question at hand: “How High Can We Build on Earth?”. That is “How High Can We Build…”, not “I build” (as I already know I can build a house of playing cards maybe 50 levels high and maybe a 70 to 80 feet high stack of pyramids, each level stacked upon the tops the pyramids below using PCV pipe). Of course these are just small proofs of concept not the massive 20 mles high pyramid shaped ET1. So go figure: How High Can We Build on Earth?
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Ken Gettys
Posted over 1 year ago
How high can we build on Earth?
Thank you Feyisayo and Barry,Feyisayo, there is probably a limit to how high we can build, as we don’t want to interfere with satellites as Barry suggested including the Moon! And I doubt the mass of ET1 would be any greater than the tallest mountain on Earth since ET1 will have a hollow core. And at 20 miles high, ET1 will not be anywhere near the height of satellites, nor of sufficient mass to move continents although if we could move continents with tall structures perhaps there are some land objects worth moving? Such as if ET1 were to be built upon a massive iceberg and ET1 fitted with sails, perhaps the iceberg could moved back towards the poles and slow it’s melting. Of course, Barry, the building materials would come from Earth… too expensive to import materials from elsewhere :-). And yes, if metals or even carbon nano tubes are used to construct ET1, it would require huge quantities. However to compute a Return On Investment (ROI) you must consider the benefits along with the cost of a project. Consider just one purpose of ET1 and that is if we could build ET1 and use it to launch thousands of Solar Sails in all directions and each carrying just a small telescope, a radio transmitter, and a small package of scientific measure equipment, imagine the tons of data regarding the objects around the solar system that these Solar Sails could be transmitted back to Earth! To address your comment Barry about “unintended consequences”: ET1 is using open source architecture and produced by the not-for-profit Experiential High Altitude Platform Organization (www.XHAP.org). By using open source architecture we hope to gather information from all types of people in all walks of life to add to the scientific method of expecting the unexpected to build a solid, durable, and safe ET1. Barry, I will respond to your Hubris comment in another reply as I am out of room for this comment.
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Ken Gettys
Posted over 1 year ago
How high can we build on Earth?
Hi Debra and thank you for your input. A building such as ET1 with a height of 20 miles and a 40 sq mile base would be bigger than most towns and even cities too! ET1 is planned to be built well away from any existing structures and probably where there are no local building codes. Such as on the middle of a dry lake, in a desert, or on an ocean. This is not to avoid building codes because ET1 would have to withstand everything natural for 1000 years or more. For example to protect from lightening strikes, the exterior supports would be insulated from the interior with lightening rods running down the edges to the ground. And an open frame structure will be less affected by high winds or flooding or tidal waves. Built away from populated areas; constructed, operated, and maintained by robots, ET1 will have minimum risk to human lives (and lots of benefits). Like the pyramids in Egypt and mountains, ET1 using pyramid shaped architecture, ET1 will probably stand for longer than 1000 years and as a tribute (hopefully not a mausoleum) for the human race!
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Ken Gettys
Posted over 1 year ago
How high can we build on Earth?
Thank you Lawren for your information about the Space Elevator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_elevator)! The annual Space Elevator conference is coming up next month in Seattle. The Space Elevator, and the Mega City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimizu_Mega-City_Pyramid) do depend upon carbon nano tubes being developed enough for mass production. ET1 started with thoughts about creating a floating experimental high altitude balloon using carbon nano tubes as tethers. And the purpose of this high altitude platform was to launch Solar Sails however the uses of the land based Earth tower could serve many more purposes. ET1 (http://www.EarthTowerOne.com) could perhaps, due to not having to support 55 skyscrapers or the distance of a Space Elevator tether, be constructed of materials already mass produced. ET1 could also be used as an anchor station for the Space Elevator. Since objects can be elevated (and lowered) within the closed beams and support trusses of ET1 to a height above (and below) the jet stream, the problems of high winds and temperature upon Space Elevator climbers can be eliminated! And the Space Cannons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_gun) mounted at the top of ET1 can also be used to fire projectiles into space. These projectiles can contain the very objects needed for the Space Elevator: such carbon nano tubes and materials to build the Space Elevator Platform.
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Ken Gettys
Posted almost 2 years ago
EarthTower One! A 20 Mile High Pyramid will be the Tallest & Largest Robot Made Object; Containing the Highest & Biggest Telescope on Earth!
Stewart, Someone else has proposed using Solar Sails as a means to capture space junk and bring it into the atmosphere to burn up. And Solar Sails are already being used to explore space (and getting around space junk). Don’t try anything if there are obstacles and costs? A cheaper way to launch Solar Sails (and other materials into space) is to build a tall platform reaching high into the sky then using a space cannon to launch from there. At a higher altitude, smaller rockets could be used… the size just needed for Solar Sails and communications satellites, not space shuttles, Hubble sized telescopes, and other manned space ships. And like I said before, the purposes of ET1 are many more than launching telescopes… Exactly how many more Hubble sized telescopes and other space projects are needed to search for the elusive “other life forms” and take far way pretty pictures elsewhere in the universe? The solar panels, wind turbines, communications devices, space launches, environmental monitoring, and as a place where ongoing scientific experiments could be conducted at various altitudes will re-pay for the costs of building and then operating ET1.
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Ken Gettys
Posted almost 2 years ago
World peace is unattainable - and to think otherwise is naive
The use of the 13 colonies uniting was to show that tribes, colonies, states, nations etc can get together to make rules (laws) that will allow us (all humans) to live together in harmory (of course not 100% just possible without wars). Yes, Mark, I will agree that you do not think anything can be done to improve the human condition so unless you can propose something else and I will leave it at that.
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Ken Gettys
Posted almost 2 years ago
World peace is unattainable - and to think otherwise is naive
Nothing in my reply stated anything about doing away with nations. What I did site was the example of 13 colonies in the Americas gathering together into making the United States Of America. These 13 colonies still exist and were join by 37 states. Isn't it time we evolved into thinking beyond the (boxes, fences, walls, and) boundaries we call nations? We are all on this planet together and we do have the intelligence to build a world better for all!Of course not a Caesar however a panel of scientists, including social scientists, would probably be better able to make decisions for the best of everyone. We do not have to do what has been tried before nor keep on doing what doesn’t work!