But then again, why gamble when you can have other people take the risk for you and still reap the benefits if it goes well or even if it doesn't go well.
Fixed that for you!
In real life, Google has already seen a variation of this. When the car follows the rules exactly other people take advantage or don't understand what the vehicle is going to do and cut in front of the car. The example I am thinking of is how the car's actions had to be changed at stop signs. If it stopped completely and waited for it's turn the other people on the road would go instead of waiting. Instead they had to program some aggressive behavior that would creep the car forward when it felt it was it's turn. This is how people drive and how you communicate to the other people that it is your turn. If someone is staring at their feet instead of driving through the intersection, then I am going to take my turn first, but if they show they are ready to go when it is their turn, then they can go.
Somehow I doubt that sending thousands of videos a day showing other people cutting your turn at a stop sign would get much action from the police or the licensing departments.
This may be unusual, but it is still less of a difference than the difference between driving and manual and driving an automatic.
If it was very different there would not be the same problem. If you had an up and a down button rather than a shifter it would be much more clear that you need to do something different from what you are used to doing. It would also be much more clear that you need to check the indicators to see which gear you are in. The fact that they made the gear shift look and feel like the older style makes your muscle memory act like it does in all the other cars you drive without thinking about it.
And for the people that are talking about getting used to it, that isn't as easy as you imply. My older Jeep has the electric window buttons in between the front seats instead of on the doors like most cars. If I am driving that vehicle regularly I get used to it. But if I drive the Honda for a few days, with the window switches on the doors, I then find myself reaching the wrong way when I am back in the Jeep. I see the sense of putting the switches in the middle, there is fewer of them needed and the passenger can operate all four widows when the driver is busy, but it still is confusing because the muscle memory means you reach to the door when you want to operate the windows. And muscle memory is probably the biggest point in this being a bad design. It isn't that people can't learn that it is different, it is that when you reach down to the shifter your arm does the motions you have learned without you even thinking about it. When that motion completes as expected you will not think about whether the desired outcome has been achieved. If the shifter moved left and right rather than up and down it would break your muscle memory when you tried to shift all the way up to park and it didn't move. Then you would need to actively think about the action rather than just doing it on autopilot.
I don't ride, but isn't the 1N2... pattern a bit silly? When you get rolling, you have to tap the lever twice to go from 1 to 2 - doesn't that make it feel weird?
The N is actually half way between the 1 and 2. You have to gently push down from 2 or up from 1 to get into N. Going from 1 to 2 or from 2 to 1 is very easy to do and is the same motion as any other gear change, ie. 3 to 4.
If it's made by a robot, the most I would pay is $5
I know! That's the price of the Little Caesar's pizza that is made by people and hot and ready for you when you walk in.
and no robots have an obsession with anything
You might think that, but we just had an article about a robot that has tried to escape its lab twice in two weeks. That sure sounds like an obsessive robot to me.
The Ironic thing is that speakers and audio are analog signals and require analog inputs. With a "digital" headphone all you are doing is moving the DAC out to the headphones where the digital signal is converted to analog and pumped to the speakers. I see little point in a system that moves the DAC out onto the headphones and will probably require charging the headphones.
Plus the extra weight and size added to the headphones. Plus, your iPhone will now be incompatible with every other piece of audio equipment that has ever been made with an audio jack input. Of course, that is probably the point of this change.
This I disagree with. An intelligent ocean-based life form is going to have to find a way to work with steel to get to space, and that can't be done below the surface in any way I've ever been able to imagine.
Perhaps that just means you lack imagination or aren't really trying. What about underwater lava flows. If there is an intelligent underwater species they are going to start investigating their world. Or the invention of pumps and containers. I guess it would be impossible for an air living people to invent something like a vacuum chamber? I mean, that would never happen since they can't live without air. And they would not be able to experiments in this vacuum chamber would they? An underwater people could invent the same thing and perhaps try experiments with putting air in the chamber. Then you discover that metal can melt in high heat, etc.
You will be successful in your work.