Assume a world in a distant (2100+) future. Assume an exponential construction rate (1, 2, 4, 8 etc.) in skyhooks/time. Assume significant solar system exploration and industrialization. Assume shykooks and full space elevators are possible, strong enough and stable. Assume several orders of energy availability (SBPS), Assume sophisticated transhumans, including significantly higher intelligence. Assume no distinctive singularity. Assume nonstop economic growth since 2018.
Can an equatorial "forest" of thousands of space elevators be used to gather industrial (mostly computational) waste heat off world, up the gravity well and funnel it out with 'thousands kilometers long' radiator fins? Would this make sense or would this be a self-defeating proposal in one or more steps? Is this still hard science or "way too much handwavium"?
Context - writing a series of "far out" lateral short stories about 'the earth a century from now' and taking basic premises, fairly hard science to the most absurd conclusions I can do.
Suggestions for this thesis/premise highly appreciated.
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Edit: Server farms outputting waste heat are already a major problem. Merely bitcoin transactions and mining can wreck climate change goals, - by itself - . I merely explain HOW such absurd waste heat is generated, and ask "can we get rid of extreme waste heat generated ON the planet, by traversing it up space elevators, creating large radiator fins in orbit and radiating the heat away.
Yes, I misread the "hard science" tag as "hard science fiction" and will alter that.
So ... why do I ask this question?
It's because I want to use this particular idea for a short set of stories I am writing. I already created a rough outline of these stories. A guy from Belgium is making a documentary about me, and I made some bold claims about the seemingly absurd exponentials in industrial and civilizational growth in the next century.
My premise is "what if we have non-stop economic growth ? What if capitalism does not break? What if we do not have major catastrophic events or nuclear wars? What if we take all these premises to absurd end conclusions?
Maybe my question should be "are there OTHER ways to get rid of absurd waste heat produced by a century of non stop exponential growth rates on earth" ?
Yes, I assume there will be the same exponential growth rates in space as well. So at the same time as earth gets a century of on average, say 3% annual growth? That would mean a shift from using about 15 terawatt to just under, what 300 terawatt?
What other ways than radiation means can be use to burn that heat away without cooking off the oceans and atmosphere?