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I would say that Team Rubicon is a very great organization to– not just being biased, but it’s a great organization to join because it’s not always just disasters that we do, because disasters don’t happen every day, right?
Yeah, and one of the things that Randy and I had actually talked about when we were realizing the magnitude of this, and all of these were coming in that it was almost like a very localized, catastrophic earthquake.
There’s a lot of capability across our officer core. We have some officers who have a lot of science background in the pure sciences, such as Chemistry, Biology. Most have a minimum of a master’s degree, and we do have some doctorate level officers in those hard sciences fields….
What I throw out when I pose that question is, weather affects your day-to-day operations whether you realize it or not. Because even something as benign as a passing rain shower, or a thunder storm, any one of these events that you seemingly kind (inaudible) into a sense of, “Oh, we got this, we’ve seen this before, we’ve dealt with it before,”
Diversity in terms of staffing, diversity in terms of students who were doing the research, so that they, having better entries into their own communities, and a greater understanding of the needs of those communities, could be tremendously helpful in developing disciplines.
Well actually Brock Long last week, said, “CERT on steroids.” You know, on how can we get a civil defense system back like we had in the 50’s, and get people involved, and get citizens trained in the skills they would need. This is exactly what you would be doing in setting up a town-level civil defense organization as a non-profit.
So, our goal with this flood AI is to– can we create an intelligent system, an artificial intelligence system to better communicate this information? As if you are talking to a flood expert.
First it’s, well, what do you see? What do you think? What would you like to do? What would you like to do means, you still need to get my permission to do it. But then when you say, “I intend to,” that means all you need to do is not get a no.
That, to me, was one of the scariest things that I uncovered in the book. Was this (inaudible). The ideas that actually there is a very active constitutional debate over whether the speaker of the house of the president pro tem of the senate can actually ascend to the president.
We have the same mission as these first responders do, we’re here to serve and help. So, if we can do anything in that regard, you know, we can help out by actually being on the ground during disasters, we can help just being there, you know? We like to be put to work.