Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."
biometrics are fine, this just illustrates why you need 2 factor security.
Exactly. Biometrics are not secrets. They uniquely identify an individual, but you still need a secret for security.
Can it, like I do, notice that the baseball rolling down a driveway may be followed by a child who is currently invisible behind a parked SUV?
Can it, like I do, notice that the driver *behind* me is distracted by her cell phone, has started late at the last three lights, so I should give myself more than average room between me and the car in front of me, so in case it stops suddenly, SHE won't have to stop as suddenly and will be less likely to rear-end me?
Can it, like I do, notice that even though the road has been clear of ice and snow, the next curve up ahead is deeply shaded and is likely to be slick?
Can it, like I do, notice that the baby deer is one one side of the road and his mother on the other, and even though he isn't charging across, it looks like he's about to do so, so I better slow down? Because this happened to me not one week ago, and it DID charge across.
Can it react to the highly dynamic and unpredictable world in ways that require human intelligence? And before you claim it's going to be a better driver than I am, note that I got my license in 1973, and have YET to have any sort of accident. Because I can provide human intelligence to the task of driving, and unless you want to claim the machine is as smart as a person, I am not so sure I believe I want to leave these choices up to it. I'll gladly fly on a computer flown aircraft, because that's a very, very different kind of task. No children appear in the sky from behind parked vehicles, and the pilot stands by the entire time to take over if something doesn't go right. Car drivers won't be that alert: they'll just doze off or play with their phones and not even glance out the window the whole time.
To all of your questions, I would say 'Yes'. I can see no reason why an autonomous car could not be programmed to handle those situations. A major difference, though, is that as you gain more experience you become a better driver. As the autonomous car algorithms are improved, all autonomous cars become better drivers. New autonomous cars, unlike new drivers do not require experience before they become good drivers.
I was recently selected for jury duty. I was informed outright that I was not to speak about the case as expected, but the judge also warned that I was not to use the internet to do any sort of research on the case, and that all questions should be passed to the bailiff.
Why isn't this a standard procedure everywhere?
It is. From the article:
Kaplan reminded her that he had warned the jurors every day during the three-week trial not to do any research on their own.
Apparently the woman didn't consider reading about psychological terms on Wikipedia as research.
Cut the cable. Choose none.
I agree with the cut the cable part. I have found television news to be increasingly sensational and irrelevant to the point of being unwatchable; however, I would replace "choose none" with choose a variety of reputable online and print news sources.