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The Blind Philosopher

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How do I know that life sucks? Well, I'm still having this conversation for one.
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Driving Cars

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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
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corjen
41 days ago
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rraszews
46 days ago
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If cars didn't exist and someone said, "Hey, I invented a two ton block of metal that can travel at 80mph and which is controlled manually by human beings with no automatic overrides to stop it ramming things. Let's make 90% of the adult population pilot one every morning when they're half asleep," it would be considered too ridiculous for fiction.
emdeesee
46 days ago
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"flying in formation with people you've never met"
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tedder
47 days ago
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yep. People don't understand how dangerous a 3000lb missile is.
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Covarr
47 days ago
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As high-profile as accidents involving self-driving vehicles have been, they are still far safer than human drivers. And they don't have to take a test in high school.
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artmoney
47 days ago
what's the source for this? i haven't seen anything definitive on this.
Covarr
47 days ago
There is not enough available data to be absolutely certain beyond any margin of error, but: https://www.vtti.vt.edu/featured/?p=422
Covarr
47 days ago
https://www.axios.com/humans-cause-most-self-driving-car-accidents-1513304490-02cdaf3d-551f-46e6-ad98-637e6ef2c0b9.html
Covarr
47 days ago
Additionally, self-driving cars only get better with each passing year as their technology gets better. Humans aren't evolving nearly as quickly. (sorry for repeat replies; Newsblur doesn't allow me to put paragraphs in my comments with, say, Shift+Enter)
artmoney
47 days ago
of course there's no guarantee that that their safety will increase to the point that they're better enough
benzado
46 days ago
100% of the interest and investment in self-driving cars is for the cost savings. Period. Safety is a sideshow. Once they are "safe enough", we'll adapt our environments to accommodate the self-driving cars. It will be too lucrative not to.
matthiasgoergens
46 days ago
Liability and insurance (and reputation) turn extra safety into cost savings. Human driven cars have also become safer. Think eg of ABS.
benzado
46 days ago
Yes, replacing a human driver with a robot that can't ever sue you is a HUGE cost savings. I'm not saying self-driving cars won't be safer. I'm saying it is at best a minor concern for anyone who is paying to develop them.
llamapixel
44 days ago
Robots will always make mistakes. Entropy is a thing ;) http://moralmachine.mit.edu/
lamontcg
43 days ago
robots don't drive drunk, don't get tired, don't "race" because they think its "cool", don't have road rage and don't try to commit suicide by vehicle. pretty certain before too long that they'll be 100x better than we are at driving.
Covarr
43 days ago
artmoney, llamapixel: It doesn't need to be perfect to be worth it. It just needs to make fewer mistakes than human drivers. Reducing accidents is always better than not reducing them, even if it's not enough to eliminate them completely.
artmoney
40 days ago
the assertion that they are already safer is false. i'm not commenting on the future.
llamapixel
39 days ago
Covarr how does a lawyer fight for a closed source neural net suggesting it is not at fault, when might actually have avoidance systems to reduce crash costs. ?
rraszews
23 days ago
Also, every possible type of self-driving car crash will probably happen no more than ONCE; once it happens, they push out a patch and no self-driving car will ever get into that kind of accident again.
benzado
23 days ago
I love that this thread is still going. So many of you are forgetting that self-driving cars do not exist in a fantasy world. As soon as they are mostly as safe as a human driver, the human drivers will be phased out. Patches will be put out to correct for errors when it can be shown that the cost of developing the patch will be lower than insurance and legal settlement costs. After lots and lots and lots of people die, we might get some government regulations. Also, the "comfortable living room on wheels" will be the expensive first class ticket version. If you don't own your own (and that was the point, fewer cars needed, right?), you'll be commuting with the same level of comfort afforded to bus and airplane passengers today.
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47 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
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47 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!

#1596 – Dreamy

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#1596 – Dreamy

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corjen
296 days ago
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jhamill
298 days ago
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"I'm an adult" will now be my response to every question.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Shire

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300 days ago
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On board until the bonus panel
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francisga
303 days ago
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Don't miss the bonus panel
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MaryEllenCG
303 days ago
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The bonus panel made me LOL (yes I know Lewis and Tolkein were good friends)
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Voters

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When I said you should compromise, I didn't mean about the thing that matters to ME!

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Honest Discussion

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The neat part is how everyone reading this will assume it's a judgment on someone else.

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351 days ago
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jlvanderzwan
351 days ago
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This is more painful than funny
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