... I really meant to say "continent" there. I really did.
You do realize judging the entire country of Africa by the most notorious problems is like judging North America by Haiti and West Virginia. Ebola isn't even that deadly at a population level - it's killed fewer people, total, than the recent Gaza war. The real killer diseases in Africa are the ones we've already solved in the developed world - malaria and the ilk.
Anyways, build a modern healthcare infrastructure, modern farms with GMO crops, stop all the pointless wars and rein industry in a bit, and Africa will be fine.
Better idea then - they get a warrant for one guy that forces Apple to roll out an update that removes *everyone's* encryption. Because otherwise they're obviously harboring terrorists/pedophiles/satanists/communists/anarchists/Tories/heretics/witches/whatever.
The guy offered to do the development in lieu of the overly-broad request, and the government refused it.
THEY *HAVE* GOTTEN WARRANTS LIKE THAT. WORSE, EVEN.
Remember Lavabit? They got a warrant to seize his private SSL key, so they could hijack connections from every user. The warrant only covered one person specifically but the order was for the SSL key itself, giving them the technical ability to read everything the users read. He even offered to modify his code so it would do it for just that one user, and they refused. The warrant even came with a gag order preventing him from talking about it.
Norway separating from Sweden in 1905 was also completely peaceful.
Wait a minute... ISIS are now stealing American intellectual property? Sure, the terrorism and genocide was bad, but now they're *real* criminals. Might have to bring back the nukes for these guys!
In completely unrelated news, Slashcode 14.08 has full UTF-8 functionality, and has been live on Soylent for almost a month now.
Way back in the day, when Steam used that ugly vaguely-military olive drab color, any free apps just showed up in everyone's accounts. There weren't that many - a few demos, all for Valve games. The entire Steam library was only like thirty or forty games at this point.
And then PopCap joined. They basically doubled the list of paid games, but also added demos for at least two dozen games (I recall the list was so long I actually had to scroll). People were understandably furious, because that made it a lot harder to pick out the games you had actually bought from the demos that just popped into everyone's accounts. I think this was before there was an option to show only installed games, which would have made things much worse.
Valve fixed that pretty damn quickly. And I thought everyone would have seen and learned from that. Sadly Apple refuses to learn from their own mistakes, let alone the mistakes of others.
You're making the assumption that any situation the car cannot handle is both an immediate danger, and a situation that can be handled perfectly by a human.
When I try to think of situations where an automated car would fail, most tend to be ones where a response of "come to a full stop, don't do anything until the human orients himself and takes charge" is a perfectly valid one. Traffic lights not working? Let the human figure it out. Bridge out ahead? Let the human figure it out. Conditions so bad you can't see the road markings? Let the human try to do better, and if he wants to sit on his ass until it clears, that's probably a good idea anyways.
Sure, there are situations where an AI might not be able to avoid an accident an alert human would. Let's say a trailer detaches from a truck in front of you, but not in your lane. As it skids, it suddenly tumbles into your lane. An automated car might have ignored it until it was too late, while an alert human would have slammed on the brakes as soon as they saw it.
But how many humans would have been that alert? Even if they weren't on a phone, or sipping their coffee, or fiddling with the radio, most drivers end up in a sort of trance, doing things automatically. I've seen people crash just because they weren't paying attention - not distracted by anything, just driving without conscious thought. Automated cars won't have that problem - they don't *get* bored. Even if they can't dodge a freak accident, they'll be avoiding plenty of routine accidents. Net gain for people who don't like car wrecks.
NFL: One of the few industries where smooth talking idiots can rake in millions spewing bullshit.