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(New York Daily News)   We're going to use this metamaterial to divert the tsunami around our town and into your farmhouse. I hope you don't mind. Okay, thanks   (nydailynews.com ) divider line
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2013-12-27 12:23:37 PM  
I like the part about making support structures invisible to make buildings prettier.

future headline:

Parking garage collapses after driver knocks down invisible load-bearing column.
 
2013-12-27 01:15:29 PM  
Of course, the farmhouse thing is subby's invention but it's probably close to the truth. You know what'll keep the future from happening, or at least from happening in any kind of reasonable time? Lawsuits. The people whose property would get flooded or flattened because the nearby town deflected the tsunami/earthquake are going to sue the pants off anybody involved in trying to erect a deflector. Likewise Google self-driving cars would be a lawsuit magnet. Toyota lost billions for a sudden acceleration problem that nobody has ever proved was actually a real problem and not just some drivers accidentally hitting the gas. Instead some courts have awarded damages due to some hidden, irreproducible software bug for which nobody has ever found evidence. Now imagine what's going to happen if Google cars are on the road and somebody crashes into one. Think some idiot who was driving along and happened to hit a Google car isn't going to claim that it was Google's fault? Even a company with Google's money is going to think twice about exposing itself to that.

The only hope is that governments will erect legal protections for these kinds of innovations. Good luck with that.
 
2013-12-27 01:44:16 PM  
Augean stables? Is Heracles returned?
 
2013-12-27 05:05:27 PM  
Is this going to be an actual technology seen in common, everyday use or is this one of those technologies we read about in an article then never hear about again?
 
2013-12-27 05:47:54 PM  

jjorsett: Of course, the farmhouse thing is subby's invention but it's probably close to the truth. You know what'll keep the future from happening, or at least from happening in any kind of reasonable time? Lawsuits. The people whose property would get flooded or flattened because the nearby town deflected the tsunami/earthquake are going to sue the pants off anybody involved in trying to erect a deflector. Likewise Google self-driving cars would be a lawsuit magnet. Toyota lost billions for a sudden acceleration problem that nobody has ever proved was actually a real problem and not just some drivers accidentally hitting the gas. Instead some courts have awarded damages due to some hidden, irreproducible software bug for which nobody has ever found evidence. Now imagine what's going to happen if Google cars are on the road and somebody crashes into one. Think some idiot who was driving along and happened to hit a Google car isn't going to claim that it was Google's fault? Even a company with Google's money is going to think twice about exposing itself to that.

The only hope is that governments will erect legal protections for these kinds of innovations. Good luck with that.


Google has money. They don't need luck.
 
2013-12-27 07:21:59 PM  

jjorsett: You know what'll keep the future from happening, or at least from happening in any kind of reasonable time?


Quantum Apostrophe?
 
2013-12-28 02:29:38 AM  
The US military already has "meta" materials that make its troops invisible.

Tanks, cruise missiles, night bombing, digital sabotage...

I doubt an 'invisibility cloak' is gonna make much difference when their untrained soldiers step on a land mine when trying to get over the barbed wire.
 
2013-12-28 02:54:39 PM  

uttertosh: jjorsett: You know what'll keep the future from happening, or at least from happening in any kind of reasonable time?

Quantum Apostrophe?


Yeah, Elon Musk was going to build a space launching company until he read that QA called him "Fool" and so, in tears, he abandoned his dreams.

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