“You’re Just Chicken!”

who is this for?

Apparently “it’s not just Baby Boomers growing increasingly fearful of giving up the wheel to a computer” in the ol’ “self-driving cars.”


Does the Blue Screen of Death not ring a bell?
[with added New Meaning?!??]

“One of the greatest deterrents to progress in this field is consumer acceptance,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told Bloomberg News last week at a department-sponsored conference in Detroit. “If there’s public concern about safety, security and privacy, we will be limited in our ability to help advance this technology.”

Don’t even get me started on the whole Privacy & Control™ issue…

It’s not only FEAR™; it’s reluctance to give up autonomy and Agency as a Free Individual. That’s something those bureaucrats and urbanites seem to have trouble comprehending. …or they FEAR™.

Most commuters don’t have access to a self-driving car, so Chao has called on Silicon Valley to “step up” and explain how they work. She and other regulators advocate for autonomy as a solution for curbing the hundreds of horrific collisions that happen every day in regular automobiles. Among those that end up being fatal, 94 percent are caused by human error, according to U.S. authorities.

It would be soooooo much more reassuring to have a computer glitch send you hurtling to a fiery crash. Cuz there’s absolutely no human error in ‘puter programming…

Earlier this year, a Tesla Model S car operating on autopilot crashed into a rear of a truck. The driver was watching a movie at the time of impact and failed to override the autopilot system to avoid the collision. He died in the crash.

Tesla buyers agree to contract terms that require drivers to keep hands on the steering wheel at all times, even when operating the autopilot.

Ok — if humans MUST [by lawyer device contract] remain alert At All Times — ready to rescue the computer system when it fails — how is this a viable system? Howinhell does this bypass the human error ‘problem’?

Point: Blown.

Consumers will only become comfortable with driverless cars after they ride in them, Mary Barra, the chief executive officer of General Motors Co., said this week.

…“You can talk about it, but until you experience it,” self-driving cars are hard to comprehend, Barra told reporters at the GM factory building the Bolts north of Detroit. “Once you’re in the vehicle and you see the technology, you understand how it works.”

Sure thing. Cuz crawling into one of these tiny DeathMobiles™ will instantly confer to me all the knowledge and understanding of a Phd in Computer Science / Engineering.
[at which point I imagine I would run screaming into the forest]


Maybe we can invent another machine: one that, upon entry, will confer all the knowledge and understanding of a PhD in the History of Human Freedom, the benefits and opportunities thereof, and the Constitution?

…or one that will confer all the knowledge and understanding of a PhD in Damn Stupid Proggie Over-Regulatory Ideas.


  1. DougM (flawed)
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 11:01 am |

    The automobile gained quick public acceptance, despite the dangers; because it provided for enhanced individual freedom (and the socio-economic benefits that accrue). The yokel could see the world beyond his market town, the urbanite could go beyond the tram lines, and all were freed from the railroads’ economic model.

    What these people are talkin’ about now look like new forms of tram lines and railroads.

    Next week: flying cars and drone airliners

  2. DougM (flawed)
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 11:13 am |

    Okay, srsly,
    I can see wonderful possibilities for collision-avoidance and warning technology, but personal responsibility must always be involved in personal transport.

    I see human deaths and injuries from crashes of automated systems being handled by automated lawyer apps and insurance apps resulting in numbers changing in bank account files and gov’t statistics files.

  3. Posted June 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm |

    I remember years ago when the auto industry first came out with the rear camera for backing up. Something about it bothered me. I guess the fact that many people would now rely on the camera to watch for them when they backed up and not be personally responsible to do it themselves was my problem with it. On another note: Can you buy a new car today that doesn’t have GPS built into it? You know, for tracking purposes? If that’s a dumb question, I apologize in advance.

  4. Rick9911
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm |

    I already have a clothes washing machine that makes the decisions of how much water etc. I’m not going for a “car” that makes all the decisions for me. Those decisions are NOT made by the machine but by the person(s) behind the programming.
    Think of the possibilities: only able to go where they want to let you, when they want. Constant survellience of where you went & when. TOTAL CONTROL

  5. MikeAZ
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 3:46 am |

    Well, I’ve been thinking some about this without benefit of “intelligence enhancement” (alcohol,) and here is some of what I’ve come up with. Cars as they are now assist us in “culling” out the less desirable members of society by killing them off as penalty for their stupidity or lack of sobriety. Science should be working on cars that help the unfortunate victims of these people to survive a random interaction with them.

    One other thing: if law enforcement had the ability to know which driverless car the “bad guys” were in, maybe they could over-ride the driver’s destination and change it to the secure intake parking lot at the local lock-up? Drive ‘em right up to the door and keep the doors locked until Deputy Dawg comes out to fetch them. Kind of a Bait Car 2.0.

  6. MikeAZ
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 3:54 am |

    Another thing: what if I want to go somewhere that compucartech doesn’t have in it’s destination map section, such as down a dirt road to someplace where I can get away from technology for a while? Will we be allowed to do that? Will compucartech interface with my medical records? If I want to go to Zombie Mega Burger will it reroute me to Tofu Hut ’cause my cholesterol is too high?

  7. neal
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm |

    Onery mule>horseless carriage>horseless carriage with an onery CPU.
    The circle of life.

  8. DougM (flawed)
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm |

    Yeah, a world of Johnny Cabs, that’s the ticket:

  9. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted June 17, 2017 at 6:45 am |

    94 percent [of accidents] are caused by human error

    Counting the number of crashes that are avoided by human action is impossible.
    [actually every mile foot driven without a crash - per person - would be a start...]
    [via teh glooglemachine: (FHWA): the average American driver logs 13,476 miles each year. Times 112 million drivers which equals one trillion five hundred nine billion three hundred twelve million miles per year.]

    Like counting the number of businesses [J.O.B.S.!] that are never started in a regulation-heavy economy…
    [there's an Econ. word for that.... ???]
    [moar covfee!!]

  10. PapaMAS
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 5:06 am |

    Progs love stuff like this because it brings them closer to the control they crave: where you go; when you go; how you go – cuz central planning ALWAYS works out better. Bonus – they can track this stuff and keep it all in your permanent personal records.