[ExI] Fwd: Re: AI risks

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Sep 8 08:20:59 UTC 2015

On 8 September 2015 at 00:50, Anders Sandberg  wrote:
> For what values of practical? Nukes will not do it, as a certain famous
> report pointed out.
> The LFL for methane is 4% volume, so you need to add about 1.35e17 kg of
> methane to ignite it. This is about 2-3 times the total carbon stored in the
> oceans and several times the carbon content of the biosphere. Grain dust is
> even less effective, since we are talking about a LFL larger than 2 kg/m^3
> -this is way bigger.
> ("Anders, what are you doing?"
> "Calculating how to set the atmosphere on fire. There has to be a better
> way... maybe hydrogen?"
> "Remember, we are supposed to *save* the world at this institute."
> "Yes, boss.")

I've just seen a study from MIT about how raindrops remove pollution
from the atmosphere.

So it would assist your scheme if you could arrange for rain to be
stopped while you are amending the atmosphere content. :)


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