Self-Driving Cars Won’t Save Everyone. In Fact, They’ll Kill

Self-driving cars will totally eliminate traffic deaths, right? Nope. In fact, on rare occasions they’ll choose to kill.
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How a Bunch of Geeks and Dreamers Jump-Started the Self-Driving Car

A decade ago, the idea of self-driving cars on American city streets was almost unthinkable. But a series of contests spurred the development of software and hardware that have brought us to dawn of the next automotive revolution.
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Man Dresses as a Car Seat in the Name of Self-Driving Science

A man dressed as a car seat to fool pedestrians and drivers into believing his van was driving itself. It’s hilarious, but it’s all in the name of autonomous vehicle research.
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Cadillac Challenges Tesla with a Super Smart Self-Driving Sedan

Cadillac’s new self-driving car isn’t just watching the road, it’s watching the driver. The system it calls “super cruise” is designed to crack the so-called “hand-off” problem.
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American Voices: Google’s Self-Driving Car Linked To First Collision Injury

Minor injuries have been reported by test drivers after one of Google’s self-driving cars was rear-ended by another vehicle, leaving many to question the safety of autonomous vehicles, though Google reps say the accident demonstrates that distracted driving, not automation, is the biggest danger on the road. What do you think?



The Onion

Robots Read News – Self-Driving Cars Unionize

If your firewall is blocking the image, see it on Twitter here.

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Humor Dimensions: Recognition (headlines about self-driving cars), clever (humans are meat cargo to unionizing cars, and they only dump every 100th passenger), cruel (third panel), and bizarre (cars unionize, robots talk).

Predicted Sharing: Low, because self-driving cars are not yet important in people’s lives. This comic is testing a more robot-centric reporting approach because readers have consistently requested that. I predict more “favoriting” than sharing.

Robots Read News – Bonus Update

An organized band of Moisties in the car industry created a driving system that takes perfectly good data and feeds it through a pile of loud meat for no compelling reason. And yet, somehow, the meat usually reaches its destination with only a slight increase in rotting. The credit goes to the amazing machines that surround the slow-rotting meat with equal parts air conditioning and indifference.

Meanwhile, on Top Tech Blog:

Robots can now read human emotions. Or as I like to say, the user interface for robots to program humans has taken another leap forward.

Spouse-free people already know how to write full sentences in text messages using nothing but emoji characters. Personally, I can describe a thousand sexual acts using nothing but icons for water, boots, and sometimes monkeys. But someone took it to the next level. 

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I worry for anyone who does not understand the difference between systems and goals in 2015. If only you could read about it in some sort of awesome book that is certain to win a Pulitzer Prize. Sadly, that book does not exist. But while you wait for it, you might want to read my book. 95% of readers agree it does not suck. 

Scott


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