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Atheist Energy Extraction

distributed network of energy extraction from keyboards
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Atheists are smart people who tend to be literate and like to express themselves via language, much of it digital text.

This is a system for energy extraction that consists of keyboard springs that make the keys on a keyboard a little harder to depress, but create a little bit of energy every time they are depressed and channel this energy through the connection from the computer to the wall, to the energy grid, paying atheists for their contributions and creating surplus energy for everyone.

JesusHChrist, Jun 05 2013

Equal and opposite etc Theogermal_20energy
[not_morrison_rm, Jun 05 2013]


       Atheists also do maths.   

       Typical force on an old-style (heavy) keyboard = 0.5N, travel = 5mm. Assume that "a little harder to depress" means doubling both force and distance, 1N x 10mm. Assume 100% energy recovery = 0.01J.   

       Assume 5 characters per second = 0.05J/s = 50mW of harvestable energy per atheist.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 05 2013

       // every time they are depressed   

       How can you tell if they are depressed?
not_morrison_rm, Jun 05 2013

       We're always depressed.
DrBob, Jun 05 2013

       Usually if they are writing a lot about atheism.
JesusHChrist, Jun 05 2013

       // 50mW of harvestable energy per atheist //   

       Not bad for running the keyboard itself ! My wireless keyboard is ready to attach the depression/voltage converter. Now I need to improve my atheism.
piluso, Jun 05 2013

       It also seems that by simply semantically tagging various arguments on the internet, these repeated arguments could be automated. That's a lot of monitors which would not need to be on, easily offsetting any additional processing power consumed in the argument automation.   

       //Surely the faithful have more fervour ?//   

       I think we have proven as much.
fishboner, Jun 05 2013

       the zealot seems to have detected our scheme. the ideas are getting shorter and shorter. we. are. running.. low. on.... power.
WcW, Jun 05 2013

       Can't help wondering at "zealot" and "ocelot". There's must be some connection...
not_morrison_rm, Jun 06 2013

       Actually, "ocelot" comes from the Nahuatl word "ocelotl", reflecting its shared ancestry with the axolotl.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 06 2013


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