[FoRK] Global Guerrillas

damien morton fork at bitfurnace.com
Fri Nov 5 08:27:28 PST 2004


Fuck the economics of it, start building giant thin-film solar factories 
on tracks so you can start laying the 2 square miles of solar cells per 
day that are required power the global economy.   It needs a Manhattan 
project mentality to push it along.

> Seriously trying to switch to a hydrogen economy would have a nice 
> impact also.  It's had only crumbs invested so far.
>
> sdw
>
> Eugen Leitl wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Nov 04, 2004 at 06:58:46PM -0800, Justin Mason wrote:
>>
>>> The author thinks Bin Laden sees the US as an over-stretched 1980's
>>> Russia, vulnerable to economic collapse; indeed, his last communique 
>>> talks
>>> about what he calls the 'bleed-until-bankruptcy plan'.
>>>   
>>
>>
>> Where's the surprise in this? US will lose if it has to fight mano a 
>> mano
>> (few thousands body bags are enough to immediately terminate a 
>> campaign), and current military hardware is ridiculously expensive. 
>> Not much more where that came from.
>> (Nukes are cost-effective, but you don't really want to go there).
>> If you look at the trends in the deficit, demographics, lack of 
>> innovation
>> and growth the old West is about to get finished.
>> There are two technologies which can completely change the picture: 
>> molecular
>> manufacturing and AI. Both see next to zero R&D. See lack of innovation,
>> above.
>


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