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Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 1) 60

None of those examples are obvious 'make-work' jobs. They're jobs that haven't been automated away, but they're jobs that need doing for the company to function.

Make-work jobs are jobs which exist soley to employ people, like getting one guy to dig a hole and the other to fill it in. Or where any sane company could have automated the job away, but they refuse to do so just to keep people employed.

Comment: Re:I could see it used in specific cases.... (Score 1) 259

by 0123456 (#48213275) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

I'd guess that self-driving cars will get adopted more this way than suddenly buying a car that can drive itself everywhere perfectly.

Bingo. Rather than the Lords Of Google coming down from the sky with the One True Driverless car that has no steering wheel at all, in the real world we'll start with increasingly driver-free cruise control on highways and progress from there. The average car will probably have hands-free cruise decades before it can drive itself around town.

But that makes the fanboys sad.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 259

by 0123456 (#48213177) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Why would anyone in their right mind want to trust a car that's relying on mapping data programmed into it rather than looking out at the real world. Do you think you could drive safely through town by ignoring the road and just turning where your GPS tells you to?

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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