News Briefs 05-09-2017

I think our simulation needs rebooting...

Thanks @Gordon_White.

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Anything is a UFO if you're bad at identifying flying objects.

Grace Mack

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dividedbyzero's picture
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Why Daily Grail post garbage? Science say no soul? Garbage science intended to control hearts and minds. Know nothings and we all know it and I am sick to death of it. They better shut their damn mouths or else.

Can do better, please do. Interesting articles only please. Tired of this subservience pretense.

ha ha

LastLoup's picture
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You sound like a happy person.

The articles where fine. What the hell is your English? You sound like a spam account. If you don't like the news then don't read them. Simple as that.

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Very disingenuous reassurance about self-driving vehicles since initially they'll be used to replace drivers of commercial vehicles of all types from over-the-road truckers to even Uber drivers (Uber is involved in developing self-driving vehicles). It's been estimated that when self-driving trucks are fully implemented in the near future, 2-3 million more workers in the US alone will be permanently displaced by technology. That's the real damage from self-driving vehicles. Meanwhile the Big Tech firms will shed a few crocodile tears, give another round of bonuses to themselves and continue to make empty promises everything will be alright because they're making the world better.

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Rebooting: That kid looks like he is being touched...and not by the hand of God. What the actual hell is this show? I want to see more of this, without edits. I enjoy dumpster fires.

Sword: How come I am never that lucky?!

North Korea: Can't be worse than my current internet service :P

Scientist: "Somewhere is the worst doctor in the world...and tomorrow someone has an appointment with him."

Bomb: Little Boy, Fat Boy, and......Absolutely Shagged?

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I am curious about the chain of liability when a self-driving car has an accident. Who exactly is at fault when such cars malfunction which they most certainly will and kill or maim somebody, or just mess up the grill of another self-driving car. Who exactly is the "self" to which redress is submitted?

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Hello Emlong, it's interesting you worry about liability and insurance when what will happen is, insurance companies will be the big drivers on self-driving cars/trucks, they basically will force joe public into self driving because regular insurance will be much much more expensive certainly in the truckersworld. In the end it will save many a life and lot's damage and this whole automation will subsequently lead to the end of personal transportation apart from the usual 1% that don't know what to do with their money anyway.

“We are such stuff that Dreams are made on”. -The Tempest Author

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Does that include free range "four-wheeling?" I do not have such rosy expectations about Big Brother driving, and that is exactly what it will be. Commercial vehicles and haulers - fine. The average citizen though is going to find the drawbacks daunting unless manual override on the fly is always an option as well, and if the current fallibility of the GPS system is our guidepost here - no thanks!. How do you think self-driving vehicles would have done in Houston last week when negotiating streets in much of the city was entirely by seat-of-the-pants?

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technol...

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How does one bail out of this situation? Also mentioned was who is responsible for an accident: man or machine. Well I'm sure the insurance companies will find a way to make you at fault, they always do.

If smart cars become mainstream - no pun intended - they better come with the option to turn into a boat :P

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See video

Whole Foods wouldn't set up a store here because they said, and I quote, "We don't want to be in a town with those kind of people."
I am actually not kidding. That is what they told our local scrap paper.

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emlong's picture
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Just the huge SUV market alone poses a big dilemma since the assumption is that an SUV was purchased to occasionally have the option to go "off-road." There would therefore have to be a manual override option for such vehicles. How then does an insurance company determine rates in this situation? There would be two separate coverages - one for an accident happening in manual and one for self-driving. Presumably the higher rate would be for vehicles with the manual option. This is not going to sit well with the consumer or the vehicle manufacturers.

Another concern with "self-driving only" would be a situation in which the driver was having to take complex evasive driving actions should another driver decide to pursue with malicious intent. Without manual override it is difficult to see how the self-driving algorithm would respond intelligently to an ever changing situation like this, and the transition to self-driving when many, many "legacy" vehicles sharing the road are still autonomously human driven will be an insurance nightmare as well as there will be collisions between self-driving and autonomous for many years. For the legal profession this will be a bonanza of legal fees trying to suss out fault.

This kind of reminds me of the traffic sign dilemma - there are traffic signs in places that operate according to a logic that does not always resonate with human/cultural reasoning. The jurisdictions in which the signage was created can argue that they were using the best logic in designing and placing the signs, but "logic" can be a matter of legal dispute. I am thinking in particular of the terrible signage that used to be placed around Kansas City which was implicated in accidents caused by drivers distracted by trying to figure out the "logic" of the sign while they were still in motion.

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He has to start off with "When I was in prison..."

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