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  1. Hey don't blame the horse, it very clearly wanted nothing to do with him.
  2. God has a plan! Except when shit doesn't go your way or when you want something. Then you can ask it for shit and it might change its mind. Because your dumbass is going to sway an all-knowing beings mind.
  3. Well yeah, but that's because Fox News is straight propaganda and the UK has laws on that sort of thing.
  4. Well I would hope that a country that included equality of religions in their constitution would also find this offensive. But then many American's seem to only care about the part that talks about guns. Also sky news? Liberal?
  5. Maybe not, but we may be able to survive where many other species don't, and if that's the case a genetic bank may allow us to bring those species back.
  6. Those numbers don't bode well for the possibility of growing to a healthy population without human intervention. Stuff like this is why I'm of the opinion we should be creating genetic catalogues of all species on earth, starting with the most endangered and recently extinct if genetic material is still available.
  7. In terms of getting the material lithium and hydrogen use a pretty similar process. Once you get whatever you're using to get it you just use electrolysis. This being Water for hydrogen or concentrated brine for lithium. Here there's not much you can do to improve efficiency. It requires a certain amount of energy to break those chemical bonds. Most you can do is use renewable forms of electricity to get the energy needed. (Note that you can get Hydrogen more efficiently using Natural Gas Reforming but at the point you might as well just use the natural gas instead because you're releasing the same amount of carbon either way) Hydrogen has the advantage here because it's a lot easier to get something you can use electrolysis on. Water's everywhere, concentrated Lithium salts are less so. So a lot of the issue comes from getting it from where it is to were we can process it, and sometimes having to further concentrate it so it can be useful. Large chunks of that carbon footprint can be reduced by using renewable energy. Research is ongoing into better ways of getting the end result. In both cases there might be microbial agents that can separate the components part leaving the thing we want as a waste. Whenever we can get nature to do what we want it's usually easier. However once you've got the material batteries come to a large advantage in efficiency. Batteries are simply more efficient in storing energy. There's too much loss in hydrogen storage, compression, and transportation. Of course hydrogen does have an advantage, it's much faster to refuel. So I would bet there are areas where hydrogen fuel cells would do better. And all of this could become irrelevant it we become capable of producing enough energy. Nobody's going to care about a 10% energy loss if we're capable of producing massively more than we need cheaply.
  8. Lithium is primarily gained fro brine pools in the form of a salt, not from the ground. (which means theoretically we could extract lithium from salt water) And one of the reason that it has such a high carbon footprint is that it was never required in significant amount so not a lot of research was done in looking to more efficient ways to process it. There's also that the guy making lithium batteries is also trying to get into space cheap, and lithium is much more common in asteroids. Also Musk isn't exactly wrong about hydrogen fuel cells, they are much less efficient than lithium batteries and have a much more complex fuel cycle, I'd be very shocked if their carbon foot print wasn't ultimately higher than lithium batteries. There's also the storage issue, hydrogen is incredibly difficult to store. And the tankers needed to bring new fuel to refilling stations would need to be incredibly durable or you've got a huge risk on your hand. Unless you're going to have each refueling station creating their own hydrogen which again would be massively inefficient.
  9. The viability of solar is something I'm really happy to have been proven wrong about.
  10. You're confusing AI with automation. Most jobs quite frankly don't need anything close to an AI. There are robots that can already do cashier work and drive vehicles better than most human (though we have higher standard for the driverless car than we do humans) So that's millions of jobs right there that could theoretically become obsolete right now. (And are becoming such, automatic cashiers are becoming increasingly common) The thing that might save jobs isn't so much that a robot can't do it, it's that for some reason we decide not to let robots do it, like all those weird places that have actual drivers in their subway trains. Also two centuries of working on AI is nothing, we spent longer than they trying to figure out fix winged flight. And in both a lot of progress was made before we ever got to the real thing. The strides we've made in AI in just the last decade have been huge. See Watson or robots that are capable of learning to do a task by watching it be done.
  11. Where is it happening? Not only am I not aware of an instance of cross contamination in any sort of significant amount without it being deliberate I'm not aware of any GMO crop that produces infertile offspring.
  12. See the thing about corporation gaining control over basically everything via automation only works if no government steps in ever. Once you can run a mine without any human workers what incentive does a government really have to keep the middleman that is a mining corporation instead of just doing it itself and controlling all the wealth produced? The US might be crazy enough for people to care about corporations that much. But resource extraction is important to my countries economy, and I can easily see on either the provincial or federal level government agencies being set up to handle that instead of corporations.
  13. Dibs on Oregon, California, and the Alaska Panhandle.
  14. Maybe she thinks steel is Adamantium.
  15. Has anyone ever asked her where she thinks steel comes from?