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Comment Re:Invaders from Earth !! (Score 1) 231

More likely they'd be fine with it as long as we posted the seeding plans to the local planning department (maybe four or so light years away from the target star) at least 50 years in advance then we should be fine. Even if the plans were located at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet inside a lavaratory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of Leopard".

I mean, if they can't be bothered to pay attention to local affairs that's not our problem. No sense griping about it now.

Comment Just do what a human driver would do... (Score 1) 364

Decrease speed as significantly as possible to minimize injury/death to the pedestrians and take whatever standard evasive action possible before the collision happens. If hitting the pedestrian is unavoidable (like, because they ran out in front of the car) then tough beans. In any case automated systems have vastly better (nearly instant) reaction time compared to a human driver so the stopping distance is really only limited by the mechanical capabilities of the brakes. In this super-contrived example with a human driver you would probably have 5 dead and 3 critically injured from a human driver vs. say 2 dead and 2 critically injured from a self-driving car just due to differences in impact speed from reaction time decreasing. It's a non-issue. Most people don't have the moral awareness to drive themselves into a tree to preserve "more lives" when faced with a snap judgement call. We shouldn't expect it of our AI's either.

Comment So...Like a Black Box? (Score 1) 343

Congratulations, you just reinvented a shittier version of a black box. But I'm sure your idea is way more viable than military grade hardware gone through many iterations over decades to produce one of the most durable recording devices known to man. If we can't locate a black box with a freakin' transponder signal blasting out of it, what makes you think we're going to be able to locate your little LED light orange styrofoam ball?

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