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Comment Pre-compute vs. responsive system (Score 3, Insightful) 142

Google approach of map everything in excruciating detail has one big flaw - it assumes that we could know in advance how the driving environment would look like and navigate based on this. This is not a reasonable assumption, simply because mapping every back road is gargantuan task. Therefore, we will end up with 'good enough' Google cars, that can drive major roads and urban centers.

Tesla (and all other car manufacturers) approach is to have car react to environment with little advanced knowledge. This is gargantuan task and is still computationally unfeasible. Therefor, we will end up with 'good enough' Tesla-like car, that can drive anywhere but still require driver's supervision.

Comment Re:Schrodinger's Luck? (Score 1) 289

While you are correct that in is unlikely to eliminate entire humanity, it doesn't take that much destruction to wipe out technological civilization. I am not sure at what point it becomes impossible to rebuild civilization, but whoever has to do it next won't have easy access to oil and metals.

Comment Re:Fermi Paradox (Score 1) 289

Anecdotes like this practically answer the Fermi Paradox. We don't meet advanced civilizations because those civilizations destroy themselves fairly quickly. Once you have the technology to destroy your civilization, you only have to fuck up once to do it.

To build on this - as your civilization becomes more advanced, the ways to destroy itself multiply and the threshold to trigger this is lowered.

So within couple generations, something equivalent to incorrectly dereferencing a pointer on nanbots cloud can trigger the end of the world.

We are f*&^ed.

"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!" -- The Ghostbusters