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Opinion: Car Design Was Better Before Computers



   Sep 4, 2022 5 min

   The ethical hellscape of today's automobile industry, and why cars were
   better designed before the widespread use of computers.
   Opinion: Car Design Was Better Before Computers Photo by Karla
   Alexander / Unsplash

   The ethical car designers will quickly discover that corruption in the
   car industry goes way beyond manufacturers' faked emission-tests; their
   mass-participation in war crimes; and the children they force to work
   in the cobalt, mica, and lithium mines. In fact, the corruption in Car
   Land begins the moment you switch on a computer and load your CAD
   Solvespace: An ethical, free, opensource parametric modeling tool
   Solvespace: An ethical, free, opensource parametric modeling tool

   All modern computer processors are backdoored-by-design, and so
   airgapping all production machines is the only rational solution.
   Intel's  'Management Engine' and AMD's 'Platform Security Processor'
   openly snoop on everything you do on your computer, reporting this data
   back to whoever has keys to the CPU backdoors.

   The larger automobile conglomerates are inextricable from the state.
   National Socialism was essentially corporatism. Therefore, the problem
   can be stated simply: If you plan to design and engineer products, then
   it is foundational to ensure that your competitors cannot steal your

   If you are working in the car industry, then your  competitors are
   state-level combatants. In other words: Governments.

   It is no accident that notorious car-manufacturers are able to fake
   their emissions-tests and build unchecked monopolies: These car
   companies 'own' vast swathes of the political apparatus. This gives
   these conglomerates access to surveillance systems; the Intel and AMD
   backdoors; and (you guessed it) access to your computer.

   Remember, many of these car companies are currently child-slavers;
   several literally have Nazi-origins. These companies ran
   concentration-camps and, in the years since, have lied about poisoning
   our shared air-supply; multiple times, in multiple countries. This
   'Automobile Establishment' will have no qualms about reading stolen
   information from your computer screen, assisted by the government(s)
   they think they own.

   Airgapping all engineering-computers should be routine if you are
   working in the independent automotive-design field. To 'airgap' a
   computer means to remove any wifi, ethernet or bluetooth equipment from
   the system and to ensure the computer is completely disconnected from
   the internet or other exploitable network-connection.

   By airgapping a system, you ensure that (although the CPU is
   backdoored) the computer can no longer spy on you because it cannot
   report its spying to anyone. The CPU will continue to monitor your
   work, but it will be trapped; unable to transfer this information out
   to the Automobile Establishment and their cronies in government(s).

   Here, we should touch briefly on the issue of the ethics of CAD
   (Computer Aided Design) computers themselves. Almost every modern
   computer is manufactured in a Communist dictatorship, often by
   children. This is, after all, the reason companies manufacture in these
   regions: It is cheap to manufacture in the 'Slave Zones' because there
   are few human rights, and children are often used as labor.

   Ethical options do exist, but they take some hunting down. For example,
   Raspberry Pi manufactures their computer boards in the UK. Although you
   might consider this an underpowered computer, it is perfectly
   sufficient for running software like the excellent Solvespace (for
   parametric modeling) or Blender (for visualization work).

   Remember that most of the greatest cars ever designed came from an era
   before desktop computers. You should consider eliminating computers as
   much as possible from your engineering workflow. They tend to destroy
   creativity and generate lazy, derivative designs. The engineers who
   worked on the Corvette Stingray, for example, went nowhere near a
   Corvette Stingray Corvette Stingray: Why did cars look better before we
   used computers?

   If you absolutely must use a 3D workstation for your automotive design,
   then the closest thing to an ethical PC are those made by Fujitsu,
   which are manufactured in Germany and Japan. Similarly, Eizo make their
   screens in Japan. This information is not given lightly: It took us
   many months to figure out that Raspberry Pi, Fujistu, and Eizo are the
   ethical options. Most country-of-manufacture information is hidden.
   Most major search engines are 'gamed' to stop the consumer from
   avoiding the profitable 'Slave Zone' manufacturers.

   The elephant in the room of the computer industry is this: That most of
   our computers are made by slaves, and profit the slave-masters.

   Even a Fujitsu PC contains many China-sourced parts. The balance,
   however, shifts towards ethical manufacture.

   A second-hand Fujitsu and Eizo screen is perhaps the only option for
   CAD designers who don't want to fund slavery; but let us know if you
   discover other options.

   Finally, there is the question of software. Given the association
   between the former-head of one major operating system manufacturer and
   Jeffrey Epstein, nobody with any sense of morality can use his product.
   The other major operating system (and computer) manufacturer is a major
   child-slaver, so again, we can rule them out.

   The solution here is obvious: Linux.

   If you haven't tried Linux in a few years, you will be surprised by how
   it has made strides past everything else. Now there is even a project
   in the works to connect Blender to Solvespace. The project is called
   CAD Sketcher, and it drives parametric modeling on free, open-source
   software to dizzy new heights.
   CAD Sketcher: This software allows you to use Blender as a parametric
   modeler. CAD Sketcher: This software allows you to use Blender as a
   parametric modeler

   Most impressive of all, however, is the work of a developer called
   RealThunder. This hotshot-coder is firing on all turbines and has
   produced a fork of FreeCAD that outshines the original. RealThunder's
   fork includes a topological naming feature and other slick hacks.
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   In RealThunder's own words, "I am an extremely efficient coder. In
   fact, my coding pace is probably too fast for FreeCAD upstream."

   That's fighting talk. Things are getting very interesting here in the
   frontier towns of Liberated CAD.

   Given that open-source has overtaken the industry: What now for the
   legacy, closed-source CAD tools that the automobile industry has come
   to rely on? Look around you on the streets. Do these cars look good? In
   my opinion, they are irredeemably horrible and the tools that created
   them should be burned at the digital stake.

   Form does not merely follow function; it also follows the tools we use
   to create the things we build.

   Today's collapsing automobile-industry is a decrepit monster. Whatever
   tools were used to build this industry, and the cars it produced, were
   not fit for purpose. It's time for something new.

   Chris Stevens collaborated with Steve Jobs to bring an interactive
   version of Alice in Wonderland back into the popular consciousness.
   Stevens' work on Alice was promoted by Steve Jobs through global
   television advertising campaigns and together they shipped millions of
   copies of the software. Chris Stevens' work is also acclaimed by Fast
   Company and The Atlantic among others. After some serious
   self-reflection, Stevens sold his software company, Atomic Antelope, to
   Oceanhouse Media, in California, for an undisclosed sum. Stevens then
   left the world of closed-source forever. He is now an automotive
   engineer working on open-source automobiles. Stevens is a cheerleader
   for the open-source revolution. "If it's not open-source; then it's
   sauce," is Stevens' enduring motto.

   The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the
   authors and do not necessarily represent opinions It's FOSS.

   The article originally appeared at Volcano.

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