Hi-tech versus lo-tech

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Settlements on Mars will be artificial habitats, supported by complex technical systems. The construction of these systems require a variety of elements and materials, that must be produced from local Martian resources in order to build an autonomous colony. This page comprises knowledge about the difference and viability of Hi-tech and Lo-tech elements.

Generally, all hi-tech elements require a whole industry behind them. Rare minerals are needed in conjunction with chemical plants. Cleanrooms and complex machinery are required. Many people are required to monitor production. The population of a Martian colony might not be able to devote such manpower to hi-tech production.

This is in contrast to lo-tech elements. All elements can be made from simple materials, like iron and plastics. The manufacture can be carried out manually.

Examples of Hi-tech

Examples of Lo-tech