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srufolo1
srufolo1
12/16/2016 12:21:23 PM
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Re: Autonomous Cars
@mhhf1ve I'm not sure if I've seen a Tesla on the road. I'll pay attention next time. It's amazing how those cars are programmed to respond if someone short stops or whatever. I would still feel uncomfortable in one, but I don't have to worry because I wouldn't be able to afford an autonomous car anyway.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/16/2016 11:08:35 AM
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Re: Autonomous Cars
> "I can't imagine a mix of autonomous cars and people-driven cars on the Long Island Expressway on any given day."

If you've ever seen a Tesla on the LIE... then there's a chance a semi-autonomous car has shared the road with you. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
12/15/2016 11:53:13 PM
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Autonomous Cars
Autonomous cars scare the heck out of me. When exactly is this supposed to happen? I can't imagine a mix of autonomous cars and people-driven cars on the Long Island Expressway on any given day. I think the sensors on the autonomous cars would "crash and burn" on that stretch of road. Also, concerning people checking their smartphones in the middle of the night, PHEW! I thought I was the only one. This must be a new disease. I guess it gives us all an excuse to suffer from insomnia. I think social media has created an addiction of sorts. I, for one, don't understand my compulsion to keep checking to see how man "likes" I've gotten on a post.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/15/2016 10:35:23 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
> "I don't think we will ever be solely autonomous (ie Google cars)..."

I'm not that pessimistic. I think there will be certain locations that will be completely autonomous. Maybe we'll even have designated areas where only autonomous vehicles can go. Because the mix of human drivers and AI drivers could be more dangerous than separating them....

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/15/2016 10:32:45 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
I agree that autonomous cars have the potential to be safer on the roads than human drivers -- and that's almost a no-brainer given that robots don't get distracted or sleepy or drunk, etc.

However, every so often, I'm concerned that a rare event will cause mass chaos with autonomous cars that wouldn't happen with humans. Like if there was a terrorist event that crashed something into something -- would autonomous cars be locked into staying on the roads if the roads themselves were dangerous? eg. what would happen if a bridge went out? I can just imagine the horror of robot cars plunging people to their deaths because the AI didn't comprehend what a destroyed bridge meant.... 

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DHagar
DHagar
12/15/2016 9:43:52 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
@mhhf1ve - I fully understand.  And first of all, I don't think we will ever be solely autonomous (ie Google cars), but autonomous self-driving dependent.

I was exposed to the Stanford team that designed the self-driving cars and participated in a series of review of technology, algorithms, etc.  I was initially opposed to the far-fetched concept.  What I began to discover in looking at the technology is that increasingly the technology vs. human functions have a safer and consistent result.  The computer consistently accounts for real-time variables (ie weather, traffic, alerts via digital signals), is not distracted by the variables - and so calculates a better course - including slowing down when conditions change.

Like Watson - cognitive computing - the net results put the technology ahead of the accuracy of human decision making.

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DHagar
DHagar
12/15/2016 9:35:35 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
@mhhf1ve - great application and vision.

Yes, seniors would be able to be self-sufficient with that level of mobile support.  Additionally, you can program the cars to limit the miles, conditions (ie weather), speed, etc., according to the physical and cognitive ability.  Truly a win-win!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/15/2016 9:15:52 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
> "...became a "believer" that the autonomous functions - where applied - are truly safer than human controls."

DHagar, I'm curious -- how did the tech convince you? There has been at least one deadly accident with a semi-autonomous car, and fully autonomous cars are quite in existence yet. So there's some reality gap for autonomous cars to jump from semi-autonomous to fully-autonomous, and that's not a insignificant gap. It's like the Uncanny Valley for computer generated graphics.. where artificial people aren't really believable until right when they are. 

I'm optimistic that autonomous cars will be the future and lead to far fewer car accidents, but I'm not exactly sure how we'll get there.. or how quickly it'll happen. I think we'll have semi-autonomous cars for a long time until the tech basically proves itself statistically -- by "taking control" and saving lives like Toyota's vision of a "guardian angel" AI behind its cars.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/15/2016 9:06:33 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
> 'a natural adoption for milennials..."

I think autonomous cars will also be a great tool for seniors who might otherwise be dangerous drivers if left to their own devices. Plenty of senior citizens are trapped within a zone of driving comfort, but they wouldn't necessarily be if their cars could safely transport them. 

Sure, there are problems with "fancy user interfaces" that seniors might not immediately get on board for.. but if it's done properly, then I think the AARP would heartily endorse this technology.

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DHagar
DHagar
12/15/2016 8:30:20 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
@mhhf1ve - Tesla will be a driver - also the SF area has already become familiar with the Google cars and the innovation models of self-driving cars from Stanford.

I was exposed to the technology behind the self-driving cars and became a "believer" that the autonomous functions - where applied - are truly safer than human controls.  I don't necessarily expect to read the newspaper and sit back and leave the driving to my car, but I am comfortable increasingly relying on the autonomous functions.

I think it will be a natural adoption for milennials.

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