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Comment Re:The story of Geohot's autopilot (Score 2) 131

I notice that many people range from inattentive to reckless. Today I went through a school zone during pick-up time and was driving about 30-35 in a 30 zone, and got my doors blown off by a Yukon that did a quick lane change immediately after passing me due to another "slow" car observing the speed limit. Yes, I know most drivers aren't reckless idiots and it just seems that way but enough are that I believe computer control would reduce accidents and especially severity of those accidents.

Comment Re:The story of Geohot's autopilot (Score 2) 131

That's deaths per mile not accidents. I remember how people used to die in minor accidents when I was a child. Even a 35mph accident was serious when cars had metal dashes and no seat belts. The hood on cars in the 50s were made of heavy steel and would not bend. In a front end collision it would often break loose and come straight back decapitating the people in the front seat. Now they crumple. In the last few decades it's gotten to the point where most accidents don't even require first aid. Cars are vastly safer. Deaths per mile is down due to that more than anything. Tires are safer, airbags, handling is much better. Most deaths happen at speed now, often excessive. One thing autonomous cars shouldn't be doing is speeding. Accidents per mile is much higher than deaths per mile.

Comment Re:The story of Geohot's autopilot (Score 1) 131

The thing is, I doubt it'll ever be 100% safe. There is always a chance of some kind of glitch or bug. If the goal is 100% we can hang it up now. But if you consider how dangerous letting people drive I think I'd be happy with 80%. I see people tweeting and texting all over the place and that's not even talking about people yapping on the phone, eating or reading a damn magazine! Then there are the people that just can't drive. They lack coordination or something. I think 80 percent is better than human. In 2015 over 35,000 people died in auto accidents and that's doesn't include those that are maimed, some never to walk again. I think autonomous vehicles could bring that number way down.

Comment Re:All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 131

I had a friend that bragged about driving drunk. He did it all the time and he got away with it for years. He dodged the cops, payed them off a couple of times. Then he got in a bad accident and people nearly died. He was driving the wrong way on a 4 lane highway. I'm 57 now and I've known a lot of functional drunks. They all got progressively worse over the years as they aged. One went to work every day and drank himself to sleep every night for years. He occasionally took a week off and when he came back he was so screwed for a couple of days. Then he retired and died 18 months later. No reason to stop drinking since he wasn't working. Sure, people drive drunk all the time and it's not a problem, until it is.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 2, Insightful) 477

This is very true and also technology makes being poor much more tolerable. Unless you live in an area with a high cost of living it's very inexpensive to have a place to live with many creature comforts. Food is fairly inexpensive, you typically see all kinds of poor people who suffer from obesity. Not so much in places like Somalia. For around 50 grand I can buy a decent double-wide on 2 acres of land with Central A/C Heat Pump, Dishwasher, Double-Door Fridge with Icemaker and water/ice in the door. 2,000 square feet of redneck heaven. Maybe 240 dollars a month. It's out in the sticks but so what, they've got fiber-optics with DSL for internet even out there and put a Dish on the roof and you've got more TV than you can watch. Life in the USA is good. I could afford it on minimum wage and most grown people here have no trouble getting a job in the 14 bucks an hour range. Two people working can live damn good. Better than nobility did 200 years ago.

Comment Re: Hijacked! (Score 1) 303

I've seen government pour money into social programs and such with little if any impact over and over again. It sounds great, everyone likes the idea and then it's like, WTF? The space program in the 60s was terribly expensive but it ended up benefiting everyone in some way by pushing technology and expanding infrastructure. Building something like that has all kinds of benefits that filter around through society. We can dump that money into hospitals and a few years later all we'll have is more sick people. Lets make something.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 41

Have a landing pad on the roof for it. I had a computer stolen by a driver a few years ago. I contacted the company and they didn't seem worried about it. I sent it to my sister and she heard the truck roll up. By the time she got to the door the truck was rolling away and the box was on the porch, empty. I told the woman at the UPS this and she said things got taken in transit a lot of times it might not have been the driver but she seemed stumped when I asked her why he put an open, empty, box on the porch.

Comment Re:Hijacked! (Score 2) 303

Robots should be part of it for the dangerous work but we need to send people too. What's life without risk? There's no shortage of volunteers willing to risk all for the opportunity. I'd like to see a serious effort to build a serious ship designed for system exploration that would hold at least a dozen people and sustain them for 10 years. To go to Mars and other places and orbit there and conduct experiments and explore. It's crazy that we put people on the moon over 4 decades ago and haven't done shit since. It's like we got there, looked around and said okay, that's it! Then went back home to stay.

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