“You’re Just Chicken!”


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  1. 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

    Comment by DougM (flawed) — June 15, 2017 @ 11:01 am

  2. 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.

    Comment by DougM (flawed) — June 15, 2017 @ 11:13 am

  3. 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.

    Comment by bo1921 — June 15, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

  4. 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

    Comment by Rick9911 — June 15, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

  5. 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.

    Comment by MikeAZ — June 16, 2017 @ 3:46 am

  6. 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?

    Comment by MikeAZ — June 16, 2017 @ 3:54 am

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

    Comment by neal — June 16, 2017 @ 2:14 pm

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

    Comment by DougM (flawed) — June 16, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

  9. 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!!]

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — June 17, 2017 @ 6:45 am

  10. 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.

    Comment by PapaMAS — June 18, 2017 @ 5:06 am

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