Want a driverless car? Are you SURE?
I'll keep MY hands on the wheel, thank you.
The only ones who want driverless vehicles are the delivery companies so they can reduce their constantly increasing labor costs. They are having a hard time with getting to employ drones for the purpose and the driverless UPS or FedEx truck is an alternative.
We already have near driverless transportation with trains, planes and buses but no one would want to travel in them if there was no one up front driving, even though trains for example would be safer without them since they ride on dedicated space. We have drones that could be sized to carry passengers but would you want to fly in one that is being controlled by someone on the ground?
Our real problem is we do not look beyond our noses and waste tremendous amount of money on things, like space travel, and too little on the things that matter such as growing enough food to feed our population. Other societies are facing this latter problem which is why there are civil wars and vast migrations.
Haven't you told us over and over that we can no longer grow enough food for our expected population? That we have reached the maximum production levels on such things?
I want driverless cars for 1) people too old to drive (a real problem in Maine) and 2) people too drunk to drive.
So you want driverless cars for driverless cars?
Have you contemplated what damage they could do with such "miracles?"
If there are ever driverless cars allowed on the public thoroughfares the rich will eventually have them chauffer driven so they don't even have to plug in the destination and have someone to open and close the doors.
Great! So now we have to worry about elderly and drunken chauffeurs.
Be careful what you wish for.
Driverless Cars and GPS: The Fearful Master
General Motors made a momentous announcement on January 12, 2018, as GM introduced the Cruise AV – potentially the world’s first commercially available self-driving automobile. The car has no steering wheel and is entirely directed by computer. The promise of increased safety is expected to make the Cruise AV a commercial success. But consumers should think twice before accepting the loss of control that this technology will bring.
Concerned about self-driving cars? You're not alone
Numerous surveys, such as the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which showed an increased wariness of self-driving cars, have reflected a disconnect between industry enthusiasm and the public's attitudes toward a driverless future.
Between driverless car technology and the cashless society we'll all be under control of our "betters". In other words they'll have us by the short hairs.
Bio-engineers are perfecting a method to breed out short hairs from humans.
I assume that it's Chinese bio-engineers.
I've been a long hair most of my life.
On the title to this thread...probably everyone knows this but HAL was the computer in 2001, A Space Odyssey. If you use the letter to the right of the name HAL you get IBM (H>I, A>B, L>M)
IBM is no longer the dominant force it once was... and outfits like Google which have inherited the mantle are even *less* likely to care if you have any freedom at all.
My Dad worked for IBM... so I grew up with IBM branded stuff all around me. Uber-geek.
Do you have any swag left over that says, "THINK" on it?
If so, I'd keep that stuff in a glass display box, it's part of history.
I have many such artifacts, including the desk set from my dad's desk.