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wolfgangxx
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4/18/2010 6:40:50 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
You are the sole heir of a multi billionaire who has recently died in a freak washingmachine accident. You hate the world and that's everything on it, so how would you, using your newly acquired wealth, bring about the end of the world? (In your lifetime - so 80ish years)

Rules:
1. You must use technologies that are already available
2. You must presume that most other people and countries do not want the end of the world to come about (especially the 5 permanent members of the UN security council) and will attempt to use their combined forces to stop you. .

Anything over class 2 would count as ending the world http://www.openthefuture.com...
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
Danielle
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4/18/2010 8:04:52 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 6:40:50 AM, wolfgangxx wrote:
You are the sole heir of a multi billionaire who has recently died in a freak washingmachine accident. You hate the world and that's everything on it, so how would you, using your newly acquired wealth, bring about the end of the world? (In your lifetime - so 80ish years)

I'd invest in people helping me spread massive and damaging religious and political propaganda and sit back as everyone kills each other and destroys themselves. If people did not help me willingly, I'd trick them into thinking that there was some kind of reward for them at the end (I wouldn't tell them the goal, obviously) or just go for real fanatics who could easily be brainwashed and would help me anyway. Realistically presuming that this plan would only get me so far, I'd probably have a back up of nukes or what have you aimed strategically at super important positions... For instance, I could implement several locations filled to the brim with deadly biochemicals aimed to destroy or eliminate humanity, and then shoot at them so they explode and wipe out everyone around them. This should be relatively feasible considering if there were really massive religious and political wars going on, people would probably concentrate themselves to several specific areas.
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Ore_Ele
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4/18/2010 8:10:00 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I'd pour it into buying as many TV companies and replacing all their programs with 24 hour 4chan /b/ drivel. Then watch as everyone either goes mad and starts killing others and themselves, or sinks into a persistant vegitative state.
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4/18/2010 8:29:59 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I'd firstly fund regimes in Africa, the Middle East and South America so they could acquire nuclear weapons. Then, prop up the most right-wing, commie hating political party in the U.S. and have them nuke Russia and China.
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Kleptin
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4/18/2010 8:41:45 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Destroy the internet.
: At 5/2/2010 2:43:54 PM, innomen wrote:
It isn't about finding a theory, philosophy or doctrine and thinking it's the answer, but a practical application of one's experiences that is the answer.

: At 10/28/2010 2:40:07 PM, jharry wrote: I have already been given the greatest Gift that anyone could ever hope for [Life], I would consider myself selfish if I expected anything more.
Zetsubou
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4/18/2010 8:42:17 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Suicidal Apocalypse.
Start mass murder in China USA and in the EU. Fund Syria/Jordon/Palestine/Egypt/Iran to attack Israel. WWIII. Result. After 10 years into the war. Create addisional Nuclear fallout. Bye bye Humanity.

Realistic
Develop a NIC county/area, EG. Siam =Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia. Create an enclosed internal Socialist system, 20 years = Development. Start a Military, create a open alliance with the East or Western spere. Slowly increase foreign policy. Wait for WWIII, but stay inactive, after Nuclear fallout, become a contending power via various diplomatic method, rebuild society.

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Common sense will tell you this won't work but it was fun to think about.
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Ren
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4/18/2010 8:46:02 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I'm assuming it would require biological warfare to kill enough people off in order to initiate something with such large-scale destruction (such as a nuclear detonation) that will destroy the rest of the planet.

On the other hand, it may be more time-savvy to invest in a space trip during which you would destroy all of the satellites orbiting Earth, reducing the world's capacity to communicate dramatically. Then, you could just start picking nations apart with contemporary warfare techniques.

One way or another, though, one would have to convince a great number of people that destroying the Earth is best, as it would require a lot of manpower to accomplish anything so large scale.
wjmelements
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4/18/2010 8:56:32 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Only technology readily available? F DAT.

Pandemic:
I'd spend money creating one virus that can penetrate any cell membrane and form more of itself inside. I'd make five and release them into the ocean. From there, they'd destroy all sea life. Without sea life like phytoplankton, the atmosphere would be chemically altered to the point where life cannot occur. The human race would be slower to realize its impact because they do not yet treat sea viruses and have no way of vaccinating all sea life.
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Ore_Ele
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4/18/2010 9:09:06 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Okay, lets get realistic here. we're talking about "multi-billions" for money. While that is enough to go in and throw some weight around in any nation in the world, one wouldn't be able to simply get half a dozen nations to do whatever they want.

Let's go with this.

1) Lobby to get the US to allow nuclear powerplants to be constructed. The opening of that up will allow you to buy/construct (if we have like $100B) a dozen nuclear powerplants or so. If managed properly, these will bring in a good profit to fund the rest of the evil, diabolical, and not-so-nice activities.

2) Lobby to get the nuclear stockpile recycled and turned into nuclear fuel, most of the people would go for this, because they would like cheap energy over mushroom clouds.

3) Fudge the numbers on the amount of nuclear waste that the plant produces. You can use some bogus thing like "we installed an 'X-machine' that reduces our waste by 20%" then take that 20% of waste and sell it via black market to terrorists who will use it on Israel, that should set off a major conflict in the region resulting in nuclear war.

4) The US will have to get involved and since other nations are using nukes, the US will have to rebuild its supply. Lobby to get that contract and while building nukes, simply keep a few on hand (by fudging numbers of course, say that each war head has 150 kg of plutonium when it only has 120 kg of it and pocket the other 30 kg for your "private use").

5) repeat steps 4 and 5 in an endless cycle. meaning that is peace is ever reached, use some of the nuclear material (that should be converted into a warhead and not just a dirty bomb) to break the peace and keep tension high. Also mix up the targets to keep them going.
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Kinesis
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4/18/2010 9:14:28 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 8:41:45 AM, Kleptin wrote:
Destroy the internet.

Why would that destroy the world, and how would you bring it about?
wolfgangxx
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4/18/2010 1:41:01 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Pay some chinese people in america to dress up in clothes made out of the chinese flag, go into crowded areas and just shoot everyone while shouting at the top of their lungs f<k america!!! I reckon bout 100 different crazy chinese dudes in 100 different locations on the same day should get everyone's attention. Then once the american public is pretty riled up i will pay americans in china to do the same thing. Note, when i say pay them i mean pay their families - i would choose men who had probably lost their jobs and was facing the prospect of their family losing their homes and their children being unable to go to uni. Both sides' citizens would now be pretty pissed and when one of the nation's leaders goes to the other nation for an emergency meeting i would channel a few billion into hiring a squad of highly trained assassins to make an attempt on the leader's life. If need be, i will also employ a squad of suicide bombers and kamakazes to kill the leader if the assassins fail. I will also make sure all the people i hire are the from the other country - i.e. if the chinese premire goes to the US all the assassins, suicide bomber, kamakazes will be white and vice versa. I will make sure one of the assassins/ bombers/ kamakazes is found so the press knows his nationality but kill him before he has a chance to talk - just like they did with JFK's "murderer"

This is more than enough to start a war and a war between china and the US would drag in all the US's allies and china's allies. The US would have NATO and perhaps the EU while china will have russia (because of the SCO) and NK both of whom have nuclear weaponds. While NK's nuclear weaponds are shortange they will hopefully be able to devaste Japan and SK both of whom do not have nuclear warheads to retaliate with. The ensuing nulear war will no doubt kill most of humanity and the remaining will suffer the consequences of radiation poisoning and in the abscence of a proper health care system many will die in the following years. What will remain of civilisation will be in isolated pockets where the countries did not think it necessary to attack or drop bombs on. People may survive in underground bunkers for years but the nuclear winter to come coupled will make survival hard if not impossible. Those who do survive past the nuclear winter will be incredibly inbred and the gene pool of the human race might be so adversly affected that man is no longer able out compete the animals that remain for the sparse resources.
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
wolfgangxx
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4/18/2010 1:47:49 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 1:45:28 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I would abolish porn. BOOM. World ends.

AHHHHHHHH don't even joke about such a thing!
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
InsertNameHere
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4/18/2010 1:51:54 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 1:47:49 PM, wolfgangxx wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:45:28 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I would abolish porn. BOOM. World ends.

AHHHHHHHH don't even joke about such a thing!

I already wish I could abolish porn. Yep. True story.
FREEDO
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4/18/2010 1:57:10 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 1:51:54 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:47:49 PM, wolfgangxx wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:45:28 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I would abolish porn. BOOM. World ends.

AHHHHHHHH don't even joke about such a thing!

I already wish I could abolish porn. Yep. True story.

Why?
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fnord
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4/18/2010 1:57:23 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 1:51:54 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:47:49 PM, wolfgangxx wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:45:28 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I would abolish porn. BOOM. World ends.

AHHHHHHHH don't even joke about such a thing!

I already wish I could abolish porn. Yep. True story.

Remind me to car bomb you should you run for office :P.
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wolfgangxx
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4/18/2010 1:58:58 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 1:51:54 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:47:49 PM, wolfgangxx wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:45:28 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I would abolish porn. BOOM. World ends.

AHHHHHHHH don't even joke about such a thing!

I already wish I could abolish porn. Yep. True story.

But what would guys do then???? Are you suggesting guys should actually go out and meet girls? Its absurd!
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
Danielle
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4/18/2010 1:59:13 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 1:51:54 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:

AHHHHHHHH don't even joke about such a thing!

I already wish I could abolish porn. Yep. True story.

Oh allah. Get over it! It's legit.
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InsertNameHere
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4/18/2010 1:59:44 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 1:57:23 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:51:54 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:47:49 PM, wolfgangxx wrote:
At 4/18/2010 1:45:28 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I would abolish porn. BOOM. World ends.

AHHHHHHHH don't even joke about such a thing!

I already wish I could abolish porn. Yep. True story.

Remind me to car bomb you should you run for office :P.

Ahhhh!!!! D: Terrorist!
badger
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4/18/2010 2:01:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
i'd build some sort of huge thruster to counteract the centripetal force on the earth by the sun and send us hurtling into space.

or i'd build a few heaters at the poles and drown everything.

or i'd put a spoon in the hadron collider.
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DevinKing
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4/18/2010 2:58:47 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
--Very Simple:

Step 1.) Donate the majority of the sum to Sarah Palin so that she can run for president.

Step 2.) Use the remaining funds to rig the election in her favor.

Step 3.) Watch the entire World fall apart.
After demonstrating his existence with complete certainty with the proposition "I think, therefore I am", Descartes walks into a bar, sitting next to a gorgeous priest. The priest asks Descartes, "Would you like a drink?" Descartes responds, "I think not," and then proceeds to vanish in a puff of illogic.
InsertNameHere
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4/18/2010 3:03:18 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 2:58:47 PM, DevinKing wrote:
--Very Simple:

Step 1.) Donate the majority of the sum to Sarah Palin so that she can run for president.

Step 2.) Use the remaining funds to rig the election in her favor.

Step 3.) Watch the entire World fall apart.

lol. That'll do it. :)
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4/18/2010 4:31:07 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I am amaized how so meny rush to find selutions to destroy the world..!! I wonder how some would find this interesting..!!
Why are so meny envious of a succesful women and see all evil in pailin.?
the most important source for muslim Arabs:

"And thereafter We [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd'.".

- Qur'an 17:104 -

Any sincere muslim must recognize the Land they call "Palestine" as the Jewish Homeland, according to the book considered by muslims to be the most sacred word and Allah's ultimate revelation.

Ibn Khaldun, one of the most creditable
InsertNameHere
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4/18/2010 4:39:10 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 4:31:07 PM, banker wrote:
I am amaized how so meny rush to find selutions to destroy the world..!! I wonder how some would find this interesting..!!
Why are so meny envious of a succesful women and see all evil in pailin.?

Banker, can you also see Russia from your house?
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4/18/2010 4:47:11 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/18/2010 4:31:07 PM, banker wrote:
Why are so meny envious of a succesful women and see all evil in pailin.?

Because she is.