SciAm goofs — “negative feedback”

Wes Boudville
2 min readSep 9, 2023

Scientific American is one of the best general purpose science magazines in the world. Its articles are usually well written and very on point about matters of science and technology. But this week, they published a doozy.

Here is the article. See this — “Yet standard air-conditioning systems have ensnared us in a negative feedback loop: the hotter it is, the more people crank the AC — and the more energy is used (and greenhouse gases are emitted) as a result. “We’re in a vicious cycle,” says Nicole Miranda, an engineer researching sustainable cooling at the University of

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Wes Boudville

Inventor. 23 granted US patents on AR/VR/Metaverse . Founded linket.info for mobile brands for users. Linket competes against Twitch and YouTube. PhD physics.