Cars will become less powerful as they are vastly overpowered for most needs now, and they will become fancy living rooms on wheels. The seats may all face each other, entertainment systems will become a major focus of design, built in beds, etc. You get in a car, tell it were to drop you off, it then self parks somewhere and you use your cell phone to tell it where to pick you up.
Trucks will become driverless vans, the same as all delivery type vehicles although some may still have passenger space for workers to help load and unload cargo. Pizza delivery vehicles won't even be cars, but little heated boxes on wheels.
No traffic signs, guard rails, lines on the roads, probably many other changes would be possible as well.
In areas with pedestrian traffic the walker has to push a crosswalk button, which would then broadcast a signal to nearby cars to stop or be aware of the pedestrian in the street and the walker could cross with very little delay. Run into the street and get hit - it's probably your fault.
Cyclists would carry little transmitters which would let nearby cars know it's location and velocity, allowing the cars to give the appropriate allowance to them. This is if they are sharing road space.
Rates would drop by a huge amount and after a time of vetting they might even go away or become a small part of the purchase price of the car.
This is just a start, the changes to society would be huge, the number of deaths would probably be in the 10s or 100s per year in the US if all vehicles are automatic instead of the 10s of thousands. I know several people who have been killed or seriously injured by vehicle accidents and would be very exited if/when this technology comes to bear.
When I started in the store, I helped open #63, Fairlawn, OH. That store has been closed for a while now. We opened every box and stocked all the shelves, which were all empty. It was a huge store for a mid-90s book store. People came in droves, everyone was trained to work in the coffee shop which was run by regular staff. If we didn't have a book the customer was looking for, which often they didn't even know who wrote it or the title, we had to help them figure it out, we could order it. This was all new. The music section was huge, the staff in there knew a ton about music and if they didn't have it, they could order it. This was probably the widest selection of music around. My section was the computer book section, I stocked the shelves there and learned the field was so much more than I knew about before. We had a Netware network, so I learned about that and took a CNA class at the CompUSA (remember those?) next door. I learned what IP addresses where and how they worked!
I then applied for and got a job in Ann Arbor on the store help desk. The building we started in was some offices in the front of a big warehouse, which was the main warehouse for the stores. The company continued to grow, constantly adding stores. I helped open the Bangor, MA store, beautiful city, nice store, I set up the computer systems there. With more growth we moved to a much bigger office which had once been a medical manufacturing building with a bunch of clean rooms. We didn't need the space to start and those stayed there for a while, along with a huge space next to the help desk area where we would take RC cars and stuff and play around. Borders liked to promote internally, which was nice, but that doesn't always work when you need experts, not low costs.One of our "DB admins" was from the help desk just like me and she didn't know much about being a real DB admin. She wound up deleting a ton of records out of a store's catalog, that had to get rebuilt and shipped out. I worked there when I heard about Amazon, thinking why would anyone want to buy books online (this was about '97 or '98). I left not much after that getting a 30% raise for doing the same work at Domino's corporate. I now make 4x from what I started at Border's corporate with another company and I don't see that stopping.
I used to shop at Borders all the time but started migrating to Amazon and B&N. It seemed like the store atmosphere declined over time, the staff knew less and less, decisions were being made for money only reasons, all signs that it wasn't really well run. I work for a company now which has hired a number of people from Borders during their recent decline but I am worried about some friends I have which still work there. This is just another piece of crappy news for this part of Michigan which has seen so much in the past few years and was just slowly starting to turn around.
You do realize that the public aren't "public" like the government, right? Despite the misnomer, the public are still private individuals (or groups of individuals). What the heck gives you the right to see ANYTHING they are doing?
A new edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, forthcoming from NewSouth Books in mid-February, does more than unite the companion boy books in one volume, as the author had intended. It does more even than restore a passage from the Huckleberry Finn manuscript that first appeared in Twain’s Life on the Mississippi and was subsequently cut from the work upon publication.
In a bold move compassionately advocated by Twain scholar Dr. Alan Gribben and embraced by NewSouth, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn also replaces two hurtful epithets that appear hundreds of times in the texts with less offensive words, this intended to counter the “preemptive censorship” that Dr. Gribben observes has caused these important works of literature to fall off curriculum lists nationwide.
In presenting his rationale for publication, eloquently developed in the book’s introduction, Dr. Gribben discusses the context of the racial slurs Twain used in these books. He also remarks on the irony of the fact that use of such language has caused Twain’s books to join the ranks of outdated literary classics Twain once humorously defined as works “which people praise and don’t read.”
At NewSouth, we saw the value in an edition that would help the works find new readers. If the publication sparks good debate about how language impacts learning or about the nature of censorship or the way in which racial slurs exercise their baneful influence, then our mission in publishing this new edition of Twain’s works will be more emphatically fulfilled.
Learn more about Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and read an excerpt from the introduction at www.newsouthbooks.com/twain. See also a feature story on the volume by Marc Shultz at Publishers Weekly.
A sine curve goes off to infinity, or at least the end of the blackboard. -- Prof. Steiner