Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Aug 2010 10:47 UTC
Humor Now that I'm done with my internship and ready to take on OSNews again, I figured it'd be nice to start off with something light-hearted. I just read that Google bought an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a camera, ready to photograph whatever it flies across. We may consider Google's biggest threat to be privacy, but with all this computing power they have, their Street View cars, and now, unmanned flying drones, they look more and more like SkyNet to me. So, what's your most likely apocalyptic scenario?
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Nothing about fossile energy?
by vodoomoth on Tue 10th Aug 2010 16:33 UTC
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned the oil shortage that's been announced for several decades now.

Each time I look outside my windows, I can see an 800 places parking lot full with cars that sip oil as if it was tequila. Two questions then haunt me. Where does all that oil come from and how much is left? How come we still haven't all been chocked to death from all the carbon dioxide that's released when it burns? I can't even imagine the amount that's released each day.

Anyway, back to the topic, the only thing I can see is an oil shortage leading to unrest, riots and wars. Because, by that time, and due to active oil and lobbies, we would have found no viable energy source that's just as convenient as oil and its derivatives are today.

No energy. The economy does not only slow down, it stops. What happens when agricultural machines starve of diesel? No food. We starve. Because there's no way going back to manual crop growing will be enough for the number we are now and the comfort and squandering we've been used to.

Most likely? Energy and food shortage aggravated by climate change and natural catastrophes. Ever since the indian ocean tsunami in december 2004, I keep wondering whether the end of times has come. Way more probable than a bio-engineered virus or an alien disease.

Finally, I don't think the human race would still be around in 2200.

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