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2020-05-18 2:08:37 PM  
One of the bummers about this pandemic is it will kill off the transfer of sovereign wealth to consumers.  That sounds preposterous on its face, but it's real.  A lot of very wealthy entities had no place to put their money, so they sunk it into Uber and WeWork and so on.  Uber lost money on every single ride.  Your rides home from the bar were subsidized by some rich guy looking for a return.  The idea was that eventually you would become so dependent on Uber, that you would pay more for it.  That might not have happened even without a pandemic.  It certainly won't happen now.

And no, self-driving cars are not happening anytime soon.  Self-driving cars are the new flying cars.  Your grandchildren will make "Where's my self-driving car? jokes.
 
2020-05-18 3:48:37 PM  
I enjoyed the scenario of the owners of two pizza places ordering from each other, pocketing the $8 that GrubHub was willing to lose for customer acquisition, and just sending empty pizza boxes back and forth down the street for an entire evening.
 
2020-05-18 3:53:16 PM  
Browsers really need some easily-accessible, user-friendly ways for a user to assert control over what a site is and is not allowed to do to the browser.

It's annoying to have to zap individual scripts with ublock when I should be able to just tick a box that says, "The naggy coonts at Bloomberg are not allowed to disable scrollbars under any circumstance."
 
2020-05-18 4:00:24 PM  

Rapmaster2000: One of the bummers about this pandemic is it will kill off the transfer of sovereign wealth to

And no, self-driving cars are not happening anytime soon.  Self-driving cars are the new flying cars.  Your grandchildren will make "Where's my self-driving car? jokes.


How much of it is due to our bizarre legal system.  Human driven car crashes into you, you sue the driver and hope he has enough insurance to cover it.  Self-driven car crashes into you, you sue the manufacturer and the jury gives you everything you asked (then the judge lops it down, followed by the appeals judge lopping it down much further).

We won't get self driving cars even if they "only" kill 3k Americans a year instead of 33k.
/was easily 50k when I learned to drive, and far less miles driven in total
//MADD made sense at one time (1980-1990 or so)
///1950-1970s you'd hose out the driver and passengers and bang out the sheet metal, good to go.  2000s you total the car once the airbag pops, but and everybody gets out and calls an uber (or whatever next years taxi service will be called once Uber collapses).
 
2020-05-18 4:36:39 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Rapmaster2000: One of the bummers about this pandemic is it will kill off the transfer of sovereign wealth to

And no, self-driving cars are not happening anytime soon.  Self-driving cars are the new flying cars.  Your grandchildren will make "Where's my self-driving car? jokes.

How much of it is due to our bizarre legal system.  Human driven car crashes into you, you sue the driver and hope he has enough insurance to cover it.  Self-driven car crashes into you, you sue the manufacturer and the jury gives you everything you asked (then the judge lops it down, followed by the appeals judge lopping it down much further).

We won't get self driving cars even if they "only" kill 3k Americans a year instead of 33k.
/was easily 50k when I learned to drive, and far less miles driven in total
//MADD made sense at one time (1980-1990 or so)
///1950-1970s you'd hose out the driver and passengers and bang out the sheet metal, good to go.  2000s you total the car once the airbag pops, but and everybody gets out and calls an uber (or whatever next years taxi service will be called once Uber collapses).


Technologically, autonomous vehicles are already here. Level 5 autonomy (i.e., no steering wheel, pedals, brakes...). What's going to happen, especially with the COVID19, is there will be more need for delivery vehicles to deliver the last mile, from the grocery store to the apartment. Or from a restaurant to the apartment. Delivery vehicles that can't carry humans, but can carry goods will be the first ones out there. Guaranteed never to kill a passenger because there won't be any passengers. The thing might go 6 mph top speed, which means pedestrians aren't going to be blind sided, and the vehicle can make sudden stops without all that momentum to stop.

Once those become common and accepted, people will then use autonomous vehicles for transporting themselves as well. Of course, they'll be going at higher speeds when they get to major arteries or highways.
 
2020-05-18 4:42:01 PM  

dericwater: yet_another_wumpus: Rapmaster2000: One of the bummers about this pandemic is it will kill off the transfer of sovereign wealth to

And no, self-driving cars are not happening anytime soon.  Self-driving cars are the new flying cars.  Your grandchildren will make "Where's my self-driving car? jokes.

How much of it is due to our bizarre legal system.  Human driven car crashes into you, you sue the driver and hope he has enough insurance to cover it.  Self-driven car crashes into you, you sue the manufacturer and the jury gives you everything you asked (then the judge lops it down, followed by the appeals judge lopping it down much further).

We won't get self driving cars even if they "only" kill 3k Americans a year instead of 33k.
/was easily 50k when I learned to drive, and far less miles driven in total
//MADD made sense at one time (1980-1990 or so)
///1950-1970s you'd hose out the driver and passengers and bang out the sheet metal, good to go.  2000s you total the car once the airbag pops, but and everybody gets out and calls an uber (or whatever next years taxi service will be called once Uber collapses).

Technologically, autonomous vehicles are already here. Level 5 autonomy (i.e., no steering wheel, pedals, brakes...). What's going to happen, especially with the COVID19, is there will be more need for delivery vehicles to deliver the last mile, from the grocery store to the apartment. Or from a restaurant to the apartment. Delivery vehicles that can't carry humans, but can carry goods will be the first ones out there. Guaranteed never to kill a passenger because there won't be any passengers. The thing might go 6 mph top speed, which means pedestrians aren't going to be blind sided, and the vehicle can make sudden stops without all that momentum to stop.

Once those become common and accepted, people will then use autonomous vehicles for transporting themselves as well. Of course, they'll be going at higher speeds when they get to major arteries or highways.


Then you have the added expense of them getting shot up and robbed all the time.
 
2020-05-18 5:23:30 PM  

Bluenosed Baker: Then you have the added expense of them getting shot up and robbed all the time.


Where do you live where such events happen? I mean if they're willing to shoot up a drone, they wouldn't think twice about shooting up an actual vehicle (especially if it's driven by someone with melanin-enriched skin and in a neighborhood with a lot of Karens and Kyles).

Besides, these drones will have cameras, microphones, GPS locator systems, etc. You might shoot one up, but you'll be found quick enough.
 
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