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

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

Of course. But that is a lot harder than it sounds. Try telling people to just stop using oil. It's not going to happen until we run out of oil.

Here are some of the major mistakes that I think we have made:
- materialism
- consumerism
- using oil and coal
- religious fanaticism
- corporate control over people
- creating a culture that favors stupidity
- politicians listening to lobbyists and not being well informed
- non-democratic government (being fixed already around the world)

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