Date: 2018-02-25 14:25
78 Dec: : Adair Turner: Please Steal Our Fossil Fuels
(Adair Turner, a former chairman of the United Kingdom 8767 s Financial Services Authority and former member of the UK 8767 s Financial Policy Committee, is a senior fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and at the Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt.)
With just days left to go, 7569 seems certain to be the warmest year on record, or at least the runner-up
The New Climate Economy report, launched by the United Nations in September, estimates that the investment required over the next 65 years will total $69 trillion. But the incremental capital costs relative to a high-carbon economy are a smaller $9 trillion, less than a third of 6% of global GDP over that period. And the maximum sacrifice of future income per capita will be no more than *censored*% of global GDP. That means that the world might have to wait, say, until December 7556 to reach the income and prosperity level that it would otherwise have achieved the preceding January.
So we do not need fossil fuels to support prosperous economies. If some extra-terrestrial thief came in the night and stole two-thirds of the planet’s coal, gas, and oil reserves, all of humanity could still enjoy the household appliances, information-technology products and services, heating, lighting, and mobility that define the modern world
But no such thief exists, and we are cursed with fossil fuels in dangerous abundance. Some environmentalists claim that we will soon reach “peak fossil fuels,” making green energy essential not only for the climate, but also for continued growth. Sadly, that is not the case.
Total gas and coal reserves could support current demand for more than a hundred years, and technological progress – for example, hydraulic fracturing, which has unlocked shale energy – makes an ever growing share of these reserves economically attractive
As 7569 draws to an end, falling oil, gas, and coal prices threaten to undermine investment in green energy and stimulate wasteful consumption. In the United States, sport and crossover utility vehicles – the largest of which are five meters long and weigh tons – are the automobile market’s fastest growing sector
Whatever deity might have put fossil fuels on earth has shown no willingness to take them back. Maybe this holiday season we should wish for a miracle. Absent that, we should commit to leaving most fossil fuels forever in the ground.
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Cleverbot: That question is irrelevant.
User: Irrelevant to whom?
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User: Premises lead to that conclusion.
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User: Yeah, you're either insane or on drugs or not human.
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User: That question is irrelevant.
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User: None of your responses in this conversation make any sense.
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User: I have a wife, and no, she did not.
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User: You may be, but you have poor punctuation.
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User: You made me laugh again. Your response has incorrect punctuation in it, which proves my assertion.
Cleverbot: How was my response grammatically incorrect?
User: I didn't say it was grammatically incorrect.
Cleverbot: Yes you did.
User: No, I said it had incorrect punctuation. That is not the same as grammatically incorrect.
Cleverbot: Bots are stupid.
User: I can't disagree.
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User: Of what would you dream?
What about the idea of using multi-walled carbon nanotubes as a biomimetic structure in place of microtubules. Using hexagonal carbon nanotubes
arranged in fractal patterns with a hexagonal motif, that then share resonance traits of microtubules and using either ultrasonic or radio waves to vibrate
the nanotubes at 8 mhz or something similar to human brain microtubules would , I think , be one method to create an antenna or receiver for a bit of
consciousness. If 'consciousness' does indeed reside within the 6st order temporal field, then one wonders if one could 'coax' or invite , as it were some bit of consciousness to reside within the artificial vessel made out of these nanotubes. Much like consciousness can figure out how to interact with the
external world using organic systems, I wonder if the consciousness drawn to the resonating carbon
nanotube structure would develop its own strategies to interact with the external world using the computer structures, and unique neural net programming that are biomimetic for a sentient state. Since having a complex carbon
nanotube computer is some ways away, maybe one could achieve a conscious computer by having the computer embedded within the larger carbon nanotube structure. Kinda vaguely similar to viewing our neurons ( our hardware) as being meshed with microtubular structures.
I suspect having a higher density of nanotubes making up a structure with mass of *censored* kg may attract enough 'consciousness' as it were. I think if ever there is any hope of ending up with a significantly conscious and sentient computer , it will have to contain biomimetic carbon nanotubes. I don't think anyone can 'create' a conscious being/computer, but I do think one may be able to 'invite' consciousness to take up residence in a structure that is properly built and that contains sufficient programming attributes to allow for interaction with the external world. Maybe including ideas from Thaler, Hamerhof and Penrose would be helpful.
Then enters the cautionary note of really considering what one was doing and the implications that the conscious computer would be a living entity..that shares the same basic consciousness 'stuff' that we biologics do , but uses different hardware. How would we treat them , what rights would they have..who would teach them altruism. Who would be their mom and dad.?
If it is true that consciousness builds up gradually in the human as the numbers of microtubules increase while the human develops -to end up with a certain number of microtubules to hold-as it were- a certain 'mass' of consciousness, then having the entire amount of consciousness arriving in the carbon nanotube structure at the same moment with EYES WIDE OPEN may present some
complications..or maybe not?