Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Days Of "Normal Weather" Are Numbered

Weather is becoming more extreme, and meteorologists are taking notice 

A woman tries to manage her umbrella between storm with heavy rain on street in Calcutta, eastern India, 23 May 2016.

Meteorologists are seeing global warming's effect on the weather

Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of the Seasons, the natural ebb and flow of the atmosphere, is playing out of tune, sounding more like a talent-free second grade orchestra, with shrill horns, violins screeching off-key, cymbal crashes coming in at the wrong time. Something has changed.
My company, AerisWeather, tracks global weather for Fortune 500 companies trying to optimize supply chains, increase profitability, secure facilities, and ensure the safety of their employees and customers. It’s my 4th weather-technology company. Our team is constantly analyzing patterns, providing as much lead-time of impending weather extremes as possible. As a serial entrepreneur I respond to data, facts and evidence. If I spin the data and only see what I want to see, I go out of business. I lay off good people. I can’t afford to look away when data makes me uncomfortable.


Networks discover that rooftop solar is no longer the enemy

It’s taken a few years, but it appears that the Australian electricity network operators have had an epiphany. The business is not about them after all, it’s all about the customer. 


US Credit Card Debt Nears $1 Trillion Record Level

The all-time peak for national credit card debt was $1.02 trillion in July 2008, indicating that many Americans have already forgotten the lessons of the Great Recession. 


Fukushima clean-up chief still hunting for 600 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel

The location of the highly radioactive blobs remains a mystery. Robots sent into the reactor have been disabled by radiation


The Ethical Quandary of Self-Driving Cars

 
The Mercedes Benz F 015 self-driving stands on March 13, 2016 at the Dam square in Amsterdam.


Imagine the beginning of what promises to be an awesome afternoon: You’re cruising along in your car and the sun is shining. The windows are down, and your favorite song is playing on the radio. Suddenly, the truck in front of you stops without warning. As a result, you are faced with three, and only three, zero-sum options.
In your first option, you can rear-end the truck. You’re driving a big car with high safety ratings so you’ll only be slightly injured, and the truck’s driver will be fine. Alternatively, you can swerve to your left, striking a motorcyclist wearing a helmet. Or you can swerve to your right, again striking a motorcyclist who isn’t wearing a helmet. You’ll be fine whichever of these two options you choose, but the motorcyclist with the helmet will be badly hurt, and the helmetless rider’s injuries will be even more severe. What do you do? Now imagine your car is autonomous. What should it be programmed to choose? 

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