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Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

They could run over someone and that makes them dangerous enough. They should be tested in a demo town somewhere without subjecting the unwilling public to them. It doesn't matter that people get into accidents. Until someone knows how 80% of the population will ever get these things we are only adding to the problem.

Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

An automatic car will pretty much need to understand the world to be as safe as a human. For example, when a human sees a child's toy suddenly cast out into the road, they slow down and look for the child that might run after it. So now you're saying automated cars today are as safe as anything else on public roads? I doubt it. If found liable, the question is whether they knew their car had that weakness or not. If they knew there was a blind spot and it turns out to kill someone then it's manslaughter at the very least, I expect people to be prosecuted for it. I mean, why do we do phases of drug testing for drugs that might save people some day? Why not just test them on the human population? These cars could and should be tested in a controlled environment.

Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

They don't need to do that to be able to drive more safely than an average driver.

Why the hell not? If a manual car automaker made a car on which the lug bolts could break thus losing the wheel and killing the occupant, that car would not be allowed on the market. Why would we allow AI on the market that is in some way not safe? Humans cannot be held responsible for mistakes that the AI makes no more than a lug bold snapping. I don't care how many people it might save one day, you can't guarantee that result so people should not be injured or killed today. What are these companies going to say to the parents when one of these vehicles kills a child who was sitting on a curb with the sun shining a certain way so as to be in a blind spot? "Oh well, to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs"?? It will be enough of a tragedy if these things kill animals that a human would have avoided.

Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

You're making the assumption that the AI correctly interprets the situation in the first place, of course. It's going to be twenty years before it understands the world as well as a human. Also, most situations will be a simple warning not to continue with the current action. For example, the driver will start changing lanes and there will be a beep, well it's pretty obvious then that you should stay in your current lane and the human won't have trouble reacting.

Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

Well, Elon Musk doesn't seem to think human reaction time is an issue.. At least in this case they would be actively involved at the point there is an issue so reaction time would be faster than with Autopilot. As for what is in it for the driver, if people are that concerned about saving lives that they are willing to allow lives to be lost in the short term in the name of developing it, then they will want technology in their current manual car that would help them. I wouldn't put it in my car, but then I don't feel like I am taking a huge risk when I am driving a manual car.

Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

Manual cars will be just as safe. There is nothing preventing manual cars from talking with one another and warning the driver. It is a far cheaper and simple solution and possibly a good first step to full automation, but it is being rushed in in a mad dash for profits. You say no technology is perfect, but will it hit a kid who is small for his age and fit into a blank spot in the sensors? That's what really matters. What assurances do we have that this is ready enough for that?

Comment Media (Score 1) 482

For anyone who needs to store a over a Tb or so of media and share it locally, it seems the PC remains the only way to do it. You can't send all that through high speed cable, or at least it would be stupid to do it, so the cloud is not an option. As long as there is a basic use like that, the PC will not die.

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