Some essential optimism - redirecting hurricanes from my mind
A big thanks to David Brin for this
Consider the following two hoary old clichés:
"Isn't it a shame that human decency and justice haven't kept pace with our technological progress?"
"No past era featured as much cruelty and misery as this one."
In spite of their vogue, both of these oft-parroted passages are patently false. It's incredibly easy to disprove them!
Over half of those alive on Earth today never saw war, starvation or major civil strife with their own eyes [emphasis, mine!]. Most never went more than a day without food. Only a small fraction have seen a city burn, heard the footsteps of a conquering army, or watched an overlord brutalize the helpless. Yet all these events were routine for our ancestors!
I've always wondered what the castle newspaper of 1102 would have reported on had the peasantry been literate.
Normal people seem to be able to immerse themselves in the news, and remain unaffected. Me I gotta go off now and do something positive and worthwhile, I've eaten way too much of the world today.
The engineer in me tries to come up with ideas that can help, especially as I drop off to sleep, like now... Here's one crazy idea I just had for manipulating hurricanes:
Weave nanotube ribbons into a giant, ultrastrong parachute, 25-150 miles in diameter. (smaller ones can catch disturbances early) Make the chute reflective - a mirror - so as goes over the disturbance less energy gets to the hurricane - cooling it off - and (if it does not tear) as it slowly settles, it forces the wet air down to the roiling ocean surface.... Drop one over an active hurricane, heavily weighted (so as to sink) or keep it aloft with airships at 70 thousand feet or so to redirect the sun's rays before they hit the clouds.
call it - A Hurricane Herder!
What would an insurance company - or government - pay for a means to redirect or prevent hurricanes? Without the weather satellite system the damage would have been much worse. Some are cynical
Just have to run the math on the costs in the morning... lessee, preventing 100b/yr in damage, times the future of civilization...
For all I know I've got it backwards, that you need more heat to break up a hurricane, not less, sort of like the flawed poem recited in the movie Sleeper, where a catapillar came out of a butterfly.
Wow, I just got an image of a government agent releasing a butterfly in june to stop a hurricane in september. And an Al Queda agent doing the same to start one. It's not a truly crazy idea, just straight out of chaos theory actually, but I know I gotta get to bed now...