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Offline JRM

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Technology Gone Wrong
« on: May 28, 2014, 09:41:58 AM »
Cars that drive themselves as a kind of robot? No brakes. No steering wheel? Are you freaking kidding me?!


Google’s new driverless car has no brakes or steering wheel
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/28/googles-new-driverless-car-has-no-brakes-or-steering-wheel/?tid=hp_mm


I object.

I object.

I don't want these things on the roads killing innocent children and bicyclists. Or running into me in a head on collision.

If we've learned one thing about high tech gadgets, we've learned that they are prone to malfunctions.

Google is insane!




Self-driving cars now legal in California
http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/tech/innovation/self-driving-car-california/
« Last Edit: May 28, 2014, 09:49:10 AM by JRM »
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Re: Technology Gone Wrong
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 09:53:13 AM »
[sarc]

No, no. It's fine.

We just need a some highly centralized control system, like a super computer acting as a traffic control device, making sure all the cars stop and go when they should, and that nobody breaks the speed limit.

With all that control, nobody would ever have to worry about an accident. We could even repeal that law about no texting in school zones.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Technology Gone Wrong
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2014, 03:56:20 PM »
Cars that drive themselves as a kind of robot? No brakes. No steering wheel? Are you freaking kidding me?!

I object.

I object.

I don't want these things on the roads killing innocent children and bicyclists. Or running into me in a head on collision.

I don't want those things being driven by humans doing it either. But somehow…they just won't stop, no matter how many laws people pass to stop it.

Perhaps a better question would be, will these new fangled things kill FEWER innocent children and bicyclists, or more?

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If we've learned one thing about high tech gadgets, we've learned that they are prone to malfunctions.

If we've learned one things about people, they are prone to malfunction as well.



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Google is insane!

That would depend on whether or not they can lower the carnage caused by human piloted 4 wheelers or not. If they can, then they are genius, otherwise, they might be insane.

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Self-driving cars now legal in California
http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/tech/innovation/self-driving-car-california/

I guess in a little time, we will know the answer to the question then.
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Re: Technology Gone Wrong
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014, 06:53:33 PM »
[sarc]

No, no. It's fine.

We just need a some highly centralized control system, like a super computer acting as a traffic control device, making sure all the cars stop and go when they should, and that nobody breaks the speed limit.

With all that control, nobody would ever have to worry about an accident. We could even repeal that law about no texting in school zones.

What could possibly go wrong?

(Like my Google-as-a-metaphor-for-everything-that-sucks humor?)
No, no, seriously, let's go with this... we could restrict the way the cars move by using some sort of rail or two for each lane... and if we made the rails and wheels out of metal, there would be much less friction, so it would be more energy efficient...  but we could kick it up another level by running the cars bumper to bumper to cut down on wind resistance... and if we couple them together, we could use one really big, efficient engine to pull all of them at once.

Sound familiar?
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Re: Technology Gone Wrong
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 03:21:16 AM »
[sarc]

No, no. It's fine.

We just need a some highly centralized control system, like a super computer acting as a traffic control device, making sure all the cars stop and go when they should, and that nobody breaks the speed limit.

With all that control, nobody would ever have to worry about an accident. We could even repeal that law about no texting in school zones.

What could possibly go wrong?

(Like my Google-as-a-metaphor-for-everything-that-sucks humor?)
No, no, seriously, let's go with this... we could restrict the way the cars move by using some sort of rail or two for each lane... and if we made the rails and wheels out of metal, there would be much less friction, so it would be more energy efficient...  but we could kick it up another level by running the cars bumper to bumper to cut down on wind resistance... and if we couple them together, we could use one really big, efficient engine to pull all of them at once.

Sound familiar?

One of these days, some visionary will build a system like this... :exp-rolleyes:
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Re: Technology Gone Wrong
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 10:23:18 AM »
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One of these days, some visionary will build a system like this... :exp-rolleyes:

Yes, and some of these contraptions would transport goods and people over great distances, while yet others would transport people within their towns and cities....

Then a cabal of corporate conspirators, seeing a business opportunity, will buy up the local implementations of this integrated transport system with the explicit aim of causing these systems to fail. Whereupon they are sold off as scrap metal and replaced by buses and cars.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy

The conspirators will be found guilty in court and fined $1.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy#Conviction.2C_.241_fine
« Last Edit: May 29, 2014, 10:33:12 AM by JRM »
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Re: Technology Gone Wrong
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 10:31:57 AM »
Taken For A Ride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JQWRAoL0vk
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