A step in the right direction. Take drivers out of the equation for driverless cars.
Driverless taxis. Padding on the front in case a pedestrian gets hit. Cars driving in trains at 100 miles an hour.
The dream gets a little closer. Once this no driver controls technology is shown to be safe the next step is to designate more and larger areas for this technology to be used exclusively. Mixing it in with human controlled cars is a recipe for lawsuits. Following larger implementations of driverless areas I’d like to see lanes such HOV lanes sequestered on highways for exclusive use of high speed driverless trains of cars ferrying commuters.
NYTimes: Google’s Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Steering Wheel or Brake Pedals
Great exercise advice amidst the fast and furious onslaught of new info.
NYTimes: Fitness Crazed
Krugman points out the deceits we accept which paint our misperceptions about the wealthy in the US.
I hope we can break through the propaganda so often cited that the wealthy are job creators. Its just these type of lies which are the reason NobodyisFlyingthePlane. As he points out the really wealthy are not at all job creators, they are hedge fund managers.
Conservatives want you to believe that the big rewards in modern America go to innovators and entrepreneurs, people who build businesses and push technology forward.
The finance industry isn’t really as useful to us as is often believed.
Once upon a time, you might have been able to argue with a straight face that all this wheeling and dealing was productive, that the financial elite was actually providing services to society commensurate with its rewards. But, at this point, the evidence suggests that hedge funds are a bad deal for everyone except their managers; they don’t deliver high enough returns to justify those huge fees, and they’re a major source of economic instability.
Given that history, do you really want to claim that America’s top earners — who are mainly either financial managers or executives at big corporations — are economic heroes?
Next time you hear someone declaiming about how cruel it is to persecute the rich, think about the hedge fund guys, and ask yourself if it would really be a terrible thing if they paid more in taxes.
NobodyisFlyingthePlane has always been about the idea that we are blithely moving forward without a thought to where, how, and why.
The idea of a planet with a third more people has always frightened the staff. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. It has long been one of our most firmly held beliefs that the solution to humanity’s problems lies in controlling population growth, not allowing rampant unfettered expansion in every pocket of untamed wilds. Clearly we’re not talking about trampling anyone’s rights to procreate. We’re just talking about pursuing policies that reward and encourage responsible growth.
There is a way to live in harmony with our planet. We haven’t found it yet. Its our job to keep working towards finding it, not to fill every square meter with bodies.
The author of this piece had some interesting things to say on the subject, but one quote in particular was very evocative.
Competition and conflict always shadow the broad edges of humanity’s tent, and a bigger tent tends to inflame tensions.
Its interesting to note that income inequality doesn’t necessarily imply that people can’t move up the economic ladder. It seems that most people move up and down the ladder throughout their lives. The 1% isn’t a static group, nor are any of the other commonly referred to income groupings from top to bottom.
NYTimes: From Rags to Riches to Rags
Wonder material graphene has broken out of the lab, but hasn’t quite broken into the factory. Lots of planned uses have already been envisioned. But who is going to have the first commercially available product?
My bet is a Chinese tchotchke company will produce some kind of toy meant for the desks of office drones worldwide; available for $9.99 at Brookstone.
Here’s hoping that the promise of graphene heralds the next era of unfathomable leaps in efficiency and productivity; solving the worlds ills, environmental, economic and otherwise.
Invest early and often in this one.
NYTimes: Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow
The staff like this particular quote. The rest of the article wasn’t worth reading.
a fair and functional economy is needed — one in which the government plays a robust role, alongside consumers and businesses, to promote full employment and to ensure a just distribution of gains.
NYTimes: Recovery for Whom?