Plot (Was: World Trade Center taken out)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Sep 12 2001 - 13:59:29 MDT

On Wed, Sep 12, 2001 at 10:55:07AM -0500, S.J. Van Sickle wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Sep 2001, Ralph Lewis wrote:
> > Interesting that the Empire State Building took a direct hit of an american
> > air force bomber with a much more explosive fuel (aviation gas) than jet
> > fuel and damage was minimal. Makes you wonder about building standards and
> > building permit enforcement today.
> The B-25 that hit the Empire State Building weighed around 41,800 pounds
> maximum takeoff weight, with a normal total load of 974 gallons aviation
> gasoline.
> The 767 that hit the WTC has a maximum take-off weight of 412,000 pounds
> and a normal total fuel load of 23,980 gallons aviation kerosine.

I have been thinking of a different kind of "the singularity is near"
plot: terrorist explosive power as a function of time. Does it grow
exponentially over time?

Methodologically creating such a plot would likely be a bit tricky. I
guess the best way of handling it would be to plot the TNT equivalent of
either the largest explosions within a decade or five year period, or
each record breaker explosion. This would represent the envelope of the
amount of devastation that a group can cause. Of course, bioweapons and
chemical ones are nasty too, but harder to quantify.

Does anybody know any data sources that could help fill out this grim

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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