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Comment Re:Why should? (Score 1) 130

I have literally never seen a comment section that did so in any substantive way. Certainly nobody in this comment section has done so. We are far enough away from automated cars being able to drive in real world conditions that we cannot even estimate when it will happen.

The real world is a chaotic system. You cannot have a 100% accurate map of it at all times. No self driving car being developed today is even trying to deal with unexpected conditions. Add an unmapped stop sign on a road, and Google's car freaks out (which means it slows to a crawl, and so does everyone behind it). Snow? Forget it. Rain? Same. Road construction, with a guy with a flag? Laughable.

We might live to see cars smart enough to drive in the real world, but there's really no reason to be optimistic.

Comment Re:Why should? (Score 1) 130

The unspoken assumption, that folks like Google wish to remain unspoken and unexamined, is that "better then (sic) a human" part. That they are so committed to glossing over that suggests that they are also doubtful about how soon automated cars will, in fact, driver better than humans. Certainly, we're nowhere near that now.

Comment Re:What if I don't want to own a car? (Score 1) 130

It's called a "rental car," and it's not a new concept.

And like rental cars today, you'll have the exact same responsibilities as you do with your own car. If car owners are responsible for making sure their own cars operate safely, you'll be responsible for making certain the rental does.

Perhaps what you really want is a "taxi," which as a trained, professional driver, who knowingly accepts that responsibility (and control) for himself. Or maybe an Uber driver who may or may not know his ass from the glove compartment, but who is still responsible.

Comment Re:Sounds Fishy (Score 1) 231

In my experience, everything learned in school is CS is outdated by time you graduate.

...then you didn't learn CS. The theories behind computation, information theory, boolean algebra...none of this is outdated and indeed a lot of it is relying on hundred year-old+ mathematical discoveries. You can then advance to 'recent' times, like 1930s/40s Turing, 40s/50s Von Neumann etc..

For coding I learned Ada at University. I do not use Ada today. I have never, in fact, professionally coded in Ada. It doesn't matter - that wasn't the point of my Computer Science degree. I have quite definitely used the theoretical aspects of it, and I expect those to stay true for multiple generations to come.

The opossum is a very sophisticated animal. It doesn't even get up until 5 or 6 PM.