Qatar To Use Remote-Controlled Clouds By 2022 World Cup

cloudsOf course, due to dangerous levels of pollution and radiation, by 2022 we will venture outdoors only for very brief periods. BLDG BLOG reveals the sky-architecture of the future:

“Artificial clouds” driven by solar-powered engines might be deployed at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to help keep the stadiums from overheating. Each cloud, as a short video hosted over at the BBC explains, “is constructed from an advanced, lightweight, and strong carbon-fiber material.”

The interior of the cloud is injected with helium gas to make it float. The cloud hovers like a helicopter and is remotely controlled. In this way, the cloud hovers over the football ground, shielding it from direct sunlight and providing a favorable climatic environment. The cloud is also programmed to continuously change its shielding position according to the prevailing east-to-west path of the sun.

After all, I suppose it makes sense that the next step in temporary event architecture will be a remote-controlled swarm of rearrangeable horizontal and vertical surfaces, forming ceilings, roofs, walls, floors, ramps, and stairways.

However, justifiable skepticism aside, there is something fantastically interesting in the suggestion that a regional architecture, whose formal and technical history includes several centuries’ worth of portable tent design, would—and I exaggerate—leapfrog past the idea of stationary, permanent construction altogether and instead go for something like an on-demand spatial robotics, such as the “artificial clouds” seen here.

Are instantly deployable, remote-controlled sun shielding surfaces—unmanned aerial architecture, perhaps—a kind of unexpected next step in the evolution of tent design? Nomad caravans wander through the desert with strange, helium-filled wireless air pillows whirring quietly overhead. Perhaps they could even be Wifi hotspots.

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  • emperorreagan

    I’ve got a better idea – instead of energy intensive wastes of resources floating in the sky floating above stadiums where the police all have boners for beating up unruly women and homosexuals, they could have the world cup in a different country…where they don’t need fake clouds and the police violate civil rights on a more equal basis.

  • emperorreagan

    I’ve got a better idea – instead of energy intensive wastes of resources floating in the sky floating above stadiums where the police all have boners for beating up unruly women and homosexuals, they could have the world cup in a different country…where they don’t need fake clouds and the police violate civil rights on a more equal basis.

  • emperorreagan

    I’ve got a better idea – instead of energy intensive wastes of resources floating in the sky floating above stadiums where the police all have boners for beating up unruly women and homosexuals, they could have the world cup in a different country…where they don’t need fake clouds and the police violate civil rights on a more equal basis.

    • Hadrian999

      if it is designed as advertized it wouldn’t be energy intensive if it works i see it being weaponized and appearing in major cities for “security” within 5 years

      • emperorreagan

        Even if it doesn’t use much energy to stay aloft, manufacturing carbon fiber composite materials is fairly energy intensive and very expensive; the other components are also likely to be very expensive. Considering the trivial use something like that has, it’s a completely absurd excess and whoever is actively building it should be hung.

        • Hadrian999

          no such thing as absurd excess in Qatar

  • Hadrian999

    if it is designed as advertized it wouldn’t be energy intensive if it works i see it being weaponized and appearing in major cities for “security” within 5 years

  • emperorreagan

    Even if it doesn’t use much energy to stay aloft, manufacturing carbon fiber composite materials is fairly energy intensive and very expensive; the other components are also likely to be very expensive. Considering the trivial use something like that has, it’s a completely absurd excess and whoever is actively building it should be hung.

  • radiac

    The real question is which multinational corporations will secure the advertising rights on the underside.

  • radiac

    The real question is which multinational corporations will secure the advertising rights on the underside.

  • Hadrian999

    no such thing as absurd excess in Qatar

  • Anonymous

    I can see it crashing into the terrified crowd now……Wheeee!
    Remember that movie “Black Sunday”? I think the Goodyear blimp crashed into the Superbowl in that one. Same scenario….

  • GoodDoktorBad

    I can see it crashing into the terrified crowd now……Wheeee!
    Remember that movie “Black Sunday”? I think the Goodyear blimp crashed into the Superbowl in that one. Same scenario….except in this version the survivors all start talking in helium speak.

    • Hadrian999

      i can think of no greater horror than finding oneself at a soccer match

  • Hadrian999

    i can think of no greater horror than finding oneself at a soccer match

  • Hadrian999

    i can think of no greater horror than finding oneself at a soccer match

  • kev
  • kev
    • http://www.disinfo.com Disinformation

      It is the nature of the demiurge to fool the horned one(s), thanks for your attention and to BananaFamine for the initial discovery.

  • EarthCitizen

    Its good to see we are using our resources well. We wouldn’t want to shelter and feed the homeless or anything.

  • EarthCitizen

    Its good to see we are using our resources well. We wouldn’t want to shelter and feed the homeless or anything.

  • http://disinfo.com Disinformation

    It is the nature of the demiurge to fool the horned one(s), thanks for your attention and to BananaFamine for the initial discovery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Bull Shiite like this is only possible if the powers that be can keep the American precariat hooked on high priced oil, gasoline engined rubber-tired cars, and suppress all Solar, Wave, Wind, Hydro, Tidal, Geothermal, Bio-mass, Algeal Diesel, sewage sourced methane, all perpetual or renewable domestic power in the U.S. These folks will have a hard time flogging the Ge Mk5, Uranium fueled, plutonium producing reactors anywhere in the world any time soon in light of the Fuckoshima disaster unfolding as we speak. Just where will the money come from?
    China, who wears even bigger boots in this world of ours, has a different idea. China is currently working on a plutonium free, astoundingly waste product reduced, Thorium fueled, uber-safe, easily decommissionable reactor design. Waste products dangerous to humans for only a few hundred years, not ‘forever’ as in the American reactor design’s case! Fortunately the oil boys of the world, and even the international financiers have little influence on the massive Chinese communist complex. China’s new, safer, Thorium fueled reactors will power China’s already existing, electric bullet-train networks with their nuclear-electric powered infrastructures – all, oil free. China will daisy-chain these Thorium fueled reactors and bullet train networks from Europe’s eastern boundaries, up through Siberia and over to China’s seas. China already buys, with impunity, petroleum from Siberia, with Yuan as medium of exchange, much to America’s chagrin, but far beyond their control. Will the Arab nations have enough U.S. dollars to keep on dreaming like this? Will those dollars have any value? Compared to Yuan? Can the American people afford such fantasies? The same folk that cannot pay even their mortgages? The unemployables? the disenfranchised of America? Americans deeply in debt? Americans facing astounding gasoline price driven debt, inflation? Obviously, a nuclear, thorium powered China will not, so, who will?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Bull Shiite like this is only possible if the powers that be can keep the American precariat hooked on high priced oil, gasoline engined rubber-tired cars, and suppress all Solar, Wave, Wind, Hydro, Tidal, Geothermal, Bio-mass, Algeal Diesel, sewage sourced methane, all perpetual or renewable domestic power in the U.S. These folks will have a hard time flogging the Ge Mk5, Uranium fueled, plutonium producing reactors anywhere in the world any time soon in light of the Fuckoshima disaster unfolding as we speak. Just where will the money come from?
    China, who wears even bigger boots in this world of ours, has a different idea. China is currently working on a plutonium free, astoundingly waste product reduced, Thorium fueled, uber-safe, easily decommissionable reactor design. Waste products dangerous to humans for only a few hundred years, not ‘forever’ as in the American reactor design’s case! Fortunately the oil boys of the world, and even the international financiers have little influence on the massive Chinese communist complex. China’s new, safer, Thorium fueled reactors will power China’s already existing, electric bullet-train networks with their nuclear-electric powered infrastructures – all, oil free. China will daisy-chain these Thorium fueled reactors and bullet train networks from Europe’s eastern boundaries, up through Siberia and over to China’s seas. China already buys, with impunity, petroleum from Siberia, with Yuan as medium of exchange, much to America’s chagrin, but far beyond their control. Will the Arab nations have enough U.S. dollars to keep on dreaming like this? Will those dollars have any value? Compared to Yuan? Can the American people afford such fantasies? The same folk that cannot pay even their mortgages? The unemployables? the disenfranchised of America? Americans deeply in debt? Americans facing astounding gasoline price driven debt, inflation? Obviously, a nuclear, thorium powered China will not, so, who will?

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