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Comment: Re:Can't he still win (Score 4, Informative) 932

by bareman (#47214255) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Oops, should have hit paste before posting:

"Mr. Cantor can't run as a third-party candidate. Virginia law forbids candidates who lose primary elections from appearing on the general election ballot. It is not immediately clear if he will mount a write-in campaign , as did Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) after losing a 2010 GOP Senate primary." — The Wall Street Journal

Comment: Does swerving (/ Choosing) improve the situation? (Score 1) 800

by bareman (#46939539) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

It's not clear to me that swerving is going to improve the situation. It seems possible to me that swerving may expose the vehicle to increased danger. If swerving leads to a rollover or an angle with less crumple zone material it may increase the danger to occupants of the vehicle. "Don't Steer, hit the deer."

Swerving could also result in the vehicle traveling into areas where it should not ever be. A sidewalk, a median, a house, etc. Persons in those areas are not acceptable alternative impact targets as they should have a reasonable expectation of not being exposed to traffic danger.

Comment: I wish the first company with Autodrive was BUICK (Score 1) 287

by bareman (#44893215) Attached to: Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

Seriously. [though I'll take mod +funny too] Buick drivers (typically elderly) would benefit greatly from this technology as it would grant them improved safety and autonomy. And society as a whole would benefit as the elderly with autodrive would present fewer road hazards, and would be able to stay out of assisted living for a longer time thus helping to keep the cost of assisted living down.

And within 30 years, I'll need cars to do the driving for ME!

I can't wait.

Comment: Kill (the character of) the Messenger (Score 1) 784

by bareman (#44643671) Attached to: Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

Yes, we should all focus on really important things like Bradley's gender identity and not wasting any more time on all that trivial information about what the government is doing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contents_of_the_United_States_diplomatic_cables_leak

Good to see priorities are in order.

Comment: Re:Don't bet on it. (Score 1) 1226

by bareman (#40143077) Attached to: Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

I think there is a common failure to understand how belief works. You've used the word "choose" in regards to belief as though belief were a matter of volition. I do not believe that the process of belief works like that. I think it is an involuntary process.

Perhaps a better understanding of the process of belief would help us to correct errant beliefs?

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 273

by bareman (#39507575) Attached to: Blind Man Test Drives Google's Autonomous Car

"Human Level AI"? Humans aren't exactly doing a wonderful job out there on the streets.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the current autonomous systems are already safer than human drivers. Are they going to be infallible? No. But we need to compare the overall safety rates of computer controlled vehicles vs. human controlled vehicles and see what is better.

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