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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2010-03-30

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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RE: Nothing about fossile energy?
by Zifre on Tue 10th Aug 2010 17:57 in reply to "Nothing about fossile energy?"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the oil shortage that's been announced for several decades now.

Wow, I can't believe I, and nobody else, though of that. That is basically the one apocalypse that we know is going to happen...

How come we still haven't all been chocked to death from all the carbon dioxide that's released when it burns?

Because there is only roughly 385 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere - you would need at least three times that to have any effect at all, and even concentrations up 0.5% are generally safe. Basically, by the time that CO2 concentrations become toxic, the earth will have warmed by so much that it wouldn't matter.

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

This is a common, but flawed, belief. Even if our entire economy shut down, every government crumbled, and we lost all oil and electricity, people would still be around. Most people would die, but at least a few million would still live spread out around the world, living off the land. And civilization would rebuild pretty quickly. Hopefully, with all the knowledge, information, buildings, and machines left over from the past, they would learn from their mistakes do it the right way.

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Hopefully, with all the knowledge, information, buildings, and machines left over from the past, they would learn from their mistakes do it the right way.

Wouldn't it be better to learn from those mistakes NOW before billions die? Maybe those mistakes haven't been identified?

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MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

yeah, peak oil followed by oil crash is by far the most likely, as we have passed the first and are plunging into the second already.

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