Tech: Artoo Deetoo is You

Begin forwarded message:

This is good reading.
“Just recently, there was the first fatal crash in an automatically driven car. There’ll be calls for people to outlaw AI from driving cars because one person has died, forgetting the fact that as humans we kill a million people a year in autos.”

— [via Guido]

::::::::Founder Kevin Kelly On the Technologies That Will Dominate Our Future | Innovation | Smithsonian
http://goo.gl/7liyeH

—–PT Replies:

I cannot access the website for the American Motorcyclists Association, but there was an article this month – two pages long — listing things to take with you when you go touring on a motorcycle. There were about a dozen things, listed, and all of them can be replaced by a single smart phone! Flashlight, GPS, phone, maps, pen, paper, camera, voice recorder, etc., etc.

As for the stuff we carry—why buy the cow when all you want is the milk? We’re moving from Know-It-All (or Have-It-All) to simply Find-it-All.

And then there was this scene (remember?):

[…

Narrator: A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don’t do one.
Business woman on plane: Are there a lot of these kinds of accidents?
Narrator: You wouldn’t believe.
Business woman on plane: Which car company do you work for?
Narrator: A major one.

…]

[…

Narrator: On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

…]

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== PT

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