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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siride
Member since:
2006-01-02

You do realize that all the weight gained by people is just being redistributed from material already in the Earth, right?

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

The problem isn't so much weight as where it's being placed. Our cities are becoming so big and heavy (hundreds of millions of tons all concentrated into a few miles) that they are pushing down on the tectonic plates and causing earthquakes. Mexico city is quite literally sinking under its own weight.

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Those are only localized issues. It'd take a lot more to start seriously affecting rotation or orbit or the moon.

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