Erik Hooymans

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Erik

Bio

I am internet entrepreneur and inventor

Languages

Dutch, English

An idea worth spreading

Solar cells printed on every can of milk, worldwide, for free. Someone can go short on the oil market and actually profit on it :) and it will save the planet because people will start to use the abundance of energy soon

I'm passionate about

everything that ends on y

Talk to me about

secondlife, solar cells

My TED story

I would like to stress the importance of getting solar cells and -products in the local stores. Currently there are 2 kinds of solar cell 'systems' that is the large ones on your roof that work but are way too expensive for the layman, and the chinese 'tiny cell, tiny light, tiny battery' model, with no swich to save energy at night.
The middle segment it totally unexplored and it is very well possible to create lights for indoor with no electricity plug on it. I personally made a few from spare parts, and it changed my mind from 'does this work?' to ' why am i still paying for that old lights i still have?'. That's a huge mind shift that the rest of humanity should make too. The way to get there is to get those solar products in the stores so ordinary people can see that it works. Price? no worries, people will pay a lot to get free electricity, compare sailing as the most expensive wind energy use. Its a huge market. Do it. Save the planet

Comments & conversations

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Erik Hooymans
Posted about 1 year ago
Paul Kemp-Robertson: Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency.
The ultimate value of things lies in the amount of energy that was needed to create it. So why not have energy as base currency ? If people would pay per kilowatt, all products inside the economy would have a fair price relative to the carbon footprint of the product. What is needed is simply back the dollar/euro again, not with gold, but with kWh. In this system , the currency cannot be printed at will, or loaned out multiple times. Also it would force companies to produce stuff with the least amount of energy.
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Erik Hooymans
Posted over 2 years ago
Where do you use math in your profession?
i give a weekly lecture on what i call 'ancient geometry'. I explain students about the vesica piscis, why a week has 7 days and a clock 12 hours ( see yourself by laying 7 coins in a 'flower' pattern), how the egypts made right angles (with a 12 knot cord, 3-4-5 triangle) and i take at least half an hour talking about the perfect number 6, before continuing to some other important numbers like Phi and the fibonacci sequence, showing them nature uses math to grow. Of course i also make sidesteps to oddities like 666 ( a triangle number) when they start to ask about it. At almost every lecture i get a remark that i have finally sparked someone's interested in math ! I think to get someone interested you need to show them that math is in their daily lives and not only in a distant job they maybe once will get. Hope this helps !
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Erik Hooymans
Posted over 4 years ago
Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
very well said. i actually created a Temple of Science in the virtual world secondlife so people can come and see the temple. (see templeofscience.com) In the future i envision places of non-worship where people are made feeling like xmas, but with the scientific method and without a vague man in the sky.
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Erik Hooymans
Posted over 5 years ago
Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools
I am religious, but i don't believe any of it. I came to the realization that the chance that something like a god exsists is not 1 in a zillion, but that chance is exactly 50%. It either exsists or not. So religion is a choice, and in this choice you will never know if you were wrong, and if you were right you also probably would not care much. Religious people live longer, why? Most likely it is because they are less worried in life, they made the choice on the one side of the 50%. The opinion that something is 'out there' gives people a meaning and a reason. There will always be things beyond science. A kiss of two M-branes creates a universe, why? were they in love? Religion and morality are 2 totally diffent things in essence. We don't need religion for that, we have Hans Rosling now :)
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Erik Hooymans
Posted over 5 years ago
Al Gore: What comes after An Inconvenient Truth?
Even if there is some truth in below controversy about global warming caused by the sunspots and not by us, does it really matter? If we embrace carbon tax and other means to get us out of the filth that everyone can smell in the cities, or even when swimming in the sea, does it matter what the actual reason is? I think it is time , like Al Gore says, that one hero stands up and starts to free us from the old carbon economy. Luckily we see more and more of those heros. As side effect, it also will make that people are free from the 'global conspiracy system enslavement' where below discussion is largely about. When everyone can make his own energy the only thing what they can tax is housing, the rest you can make yourself when energy is abundant enough. Even without sunspots the sun is giving us enough to make our wildest dreams true. Maybe it won't stop global warming. But it will stop a lot of other things we don't like, like paying for electricity. Oh, and wars, maybe.
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Erik Hooymans
Posted over 5 years ago
Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes
He did say in his talk what a meme is, its a package of information. He didnt gave these examples, but it can be: a childrens song, the thought that product x can best be bought at store y, the thought that jezus could really walk on water, etcetera. My personal thought is , is that the memes who have the least probability to be proven, are the most rigorously fought about, thats a strange correlation there. The way to fight against 'toxic' memes is to also spread 'medicine' memes, like 'only believe proven things'.