bangfish at cableone.net
Tue Jan 8 22:23:27 CET 2008
> "Cars that drive themselves — even parking at their destination —
> could be ready for sale within a decade, General Motors Corp.
> executives say. "
> I instantly got this Uncle Scrooge story http://coa.inducks.org/
> story.php?c=I+TL++524-A on my mind. Scarpa and Barosso envisioned
> driverless cars for Scrooge's factory already in 1965. One of my
> favorite stories when I was kid.
Driverless cars are one of those Great Ideas that have defied real-
life realization for decades. Easy to understand, since it was never
just about the technology, but the operating conditions the
technology had to address. Even so, like flying cars, it's a notion
that continues to draw interest. Now that we have the first consumer-
level cars with self-parking systems (that may or may not work quite
as advertised), maybe we're genuinely a step closer to such a thing.
Another thing that's happened is the fascinating advancements in
humanoid robotic design. I used to scoff at the idea that the Gyro
Gearlooses of the world would ever be able to make a functional robot
that resembled a human being, and for many years my scoffing seemed
on target. But in the last decade or so, I've been amazed at what's
been done in this area. (Just for example: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=kKHtEt_x6FI) In fact, it's beginning to make me nervous :-)
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