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