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by Hannah Leitheiser

Weather Warfare

#computer

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

George Dyson

2012

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2019-04-15

"he added that the meteorology project would also be the first step for weather control, but I would prefer not to go into that at this time. Even the most constructive schemes for climate controlled weather have to be based on insights and techniques that would also lend themselves to forms of warfare." - George Dyson , Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (2012)

People reasoned, if you can use computers to predict weather, could they also tell how to apply some small forcing to a developing storm to push it toward a harmless path. Or for that matter create a storm over an enemy.

Turns out, predictions of a few days works. Predictions covering years or decades is possible. The inbetween is an open problem.