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Comment: A massive toupee (Score 1) 708

by Trogre (#47850505) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

We could somewhat control the effects of global warming with a large array of satellites that unfolded large solar panels like big umbrellas to divert sunlight otherwise destined for Earth, controlled to keep the Earth within a desired temperature range.

I'm not saying it's practical at all, but it is within our means.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Score 1) 266

I guess to test it you would do just what you described, but with an added control - three points chosen randomly (on a map, preferably by a computer RNG). After enough repetitions you could build up a confidence interval to determine whether you could reject the null hypothesis (that the spots marked by dowsing lead to no more water than the random ones).

Comment: Re:Move a broken down vehicle? (Score 1) 506

by Trogre (#47771637) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Car carrier? Were they like buggy whips?

The cars will be manufactured with a full tank and when you order one with your credit card online it will drive itself into a shipping container and then over roads to outside your house, stopping to refuel as needed.

I'm only half joking.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

by Trogre (#47771363) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

A computer may have faster reaction times, but it first needs to determine that an emergency is in fact happening and decide just *how* to react. How much do you trust an AI to recognise a pot hole ahead, a damaged bridge, a cyclist, a child? How much do you trust an AI to make the call whether it's best to hit something or try and avoid it? Hazards such as other accidents, breakdowns, stock crossing, officers directing traffic happen *all the time* on roads.

Ability to make these split-second decisions is vital for any driver, human or otherwise. Are you trying to tell me that an AI exists that can cope with these situations? If so, where's Myles Dyson when we need him?

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