This would be a fun survey to look at every 5-10 years or so. I’m curious what folks thought about the idea of cellphones in 1980. Clearly there is a lot of trepidation about certain technological changes, but perhaps that is as much about the change as it is about the technology.
I’d bet it all that when we get driverless cars sorted out people will jump on the bandwagon with no fear and a fervor rivaled only by smartphones.
Surveys like this can’t really grasp people’s feelings about complex integrations of technology into life. If you told a person in 1980 that the government would be able to tell where he or she is 24/7 that person would freak. Thirty years later we willingly gave them that power through smartphones.
The idea of robots caring for the elderly or the sick seems repugnant, but that’s when you think of old people farms run entirely by robots. What about robots taking care of the least pleasant, most mindless and repetitive tasks amidst human care givers? Picture a robot that could lift a person out of bed, get them dressed and into their wheel chair all while a human care giver is looking on. What about a robotic ass wiper? Who wouldn’t rather hold onto their dignity and let a machine take care of the unpleasant parts.
Short video summary of the state of self driving technology. Who in the world wouldn’t want to own a selfie?
Self driving tech update
Something to get excited about.
Nissan is preparing to have a self driving cars for sale by 2020. They made the first commercially available electric car, the Nissan Leaf. Perhaps the Nissan Selfie will be able to solve the Leaf’s major problem by driving itself to a charging station while you’re at work.
Most people are terrible drivers. Why would we expect them not to be? There are no means to learn the right way to drive. No experts to share their knowledge. Taking an exam for a license doesn’t teach good driving skills. It just ensures that for one fleeting moment in a 17 year old’s life they passed yet another test. Driving classes teach you how to pass the test, not how to drive. Parents? How does a shitty adult driver who doesn’t know how to drive teach a kid? Enter Honda’s solution. Let apps guide us to better driving habits. People love smartphone apps. We live for beeping, buzzing, brightly colored rewards. Done right, smart driving apps with simple audio visual clues to improve habits and rewards and badges that accumulate over time could get phones out of drivers’ hands and onto dashes where they become a learning tool we all benefit from. Who wouldn’t want to be the mayor of I 95 from mile marker 37-48? http://www.techhive.com/article/2031595/honda-tests-an-app-designed-to-reduce-traffic-congestion.html
Interesting but predictable spin on the technology I most want to see before I die.
Arizona lawmakers can’t get past who will be liable in a driverless car accident. We all know that Arizona’s lawmakers aren’t thought leaders and barely seem capable of living in a modern multicultural world. It’s a safe guess that the thought of an illegal Mexican immigrant crashing his driverless car keeps them up at night (with their hand on the AK under their pillow).
Why not look to other pilotless / driverless transport technologies out there? We know how to get people from point A to point B with out each person having to drive the vehicle themselves. We need to look to the legal framework these methods rely on to inform the legal direction for driverless cars.
This is all premature anyway. These misguided legislators aren’t seeing the big picture. When driverless cars become a reality it’s not going to be a case of the guy down the street hitting your regular car while his is on auto pilot. The first production driverless cars will most likely be hybrids that can be driven as we do today as well as in auto pilot mode under controlled conditions. We will most likely build designated routes that will likely include stretches of highway and urban centers which will only have automated traffic.
The automated vehicles will operate amidst a purpose built infrastructure. Imagine the driverless monorail systems at airports. Vehicles can move without drivers. Alongside the in car technology we will simultaneously build and implement external systems which will control and limit the movement of the vehicles. The technology will define the roadbed surface as ‘track’ which the automated cars cannot deviate from except in progammatically defined ways. These systems will be created by corporations and certified by governmental entities. The nature of liability in these situations will be entirely different than what we have today.
Forget flying cars. Never happen.
Driver-less cars? Done right its a perfect solution to a messy problem.
Think past the lone, driver-less car with buggy software that might ruin your day. Imagine a not too distant future in which nearly all cars are driver-less; accidents, car insurance, and congestion filled commutes are a thing of the past.