Mother nature

David Lubkin (
Wed, 15 Sep 1999 14:01:00 -0400

Watching the storms heading up the coast reminded me of the old science fiction dream of weather control. Assuming that we keep this planet, and people still want to live on it, the weather will still be a factor in a nanotech, space-faring, AI/IA future, as will earthquakes, volcanos, etc.

Given quadrillions of sensors and lots of computational power, how far in advance can we predict severe or extreme weather and seismic events?

How can we divert or dissipate them?

The only idea I've ever heard is somehow using strategically placed, low-yield, clean nuclear weapons, either for earthquakes or for tsunamis. What would happen if you sent a terawatt power beam from orbit to the eye of a hurricane? Can we use our advanced warning and automatically move all structures out of range? Are there natural planetary forces strong enough to damage a diamondoid beanstalk?

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