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I'll Drive My Own Car, Thank You

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On: Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 2:21PM | By: Gary P Garry


I'll Drive My Own Car, Thank You

I'm always reading the latest automotive news, and I live in Las Vegas, so the Consumer Electronics Show is very much on my radar every year. This year there was a lot of noise made about the Audi self-driving car that was making a trip from San Francisco to the CES in Las Vegas.

The car got to Las Vegas successfully, and this was supposed to blow your mind. Frankly, I find the whole thing to be a bit creepy at worst, and dangerous at best.

Remember riding your bike when you were a kid? For me, it was my first taste of transportation freedom. I could get going pretty fast without a whole lot of effort, and it was simply an indescribable brand of fun.

Then I had the experience of driving bumper cars and go-carts at fairs, festivals, and seashore boardwalks. That was another level of fun, and I couldn't wait to get my driver's license. When that day came, I got behind the wheel of my first car, a 1970 Chevrolet Impala convertible. The transportation angle was great, but the visceral experience of driving the car was even better.

To me, driving is fun, and I don't want to abdicate my position behind the wheel to a freakin' computer. That's part of my problem with self-driving cars, but it goes beyond that.

I embraced personal computers very early on, so I have always valued the way that technology has moved us forward. At the same time, where do you draw the line? Why is a self-driving car such a good thing for humans in the big picture?

Perhaps computerized robots could hit baseballs better than our Hall of Famers. Computerized pitchers could be programmed to throw nothing but strikes at 150 miles per hour. In fact, we could do away with the robots because they're inefficient. We could have virtual players in virtual stadiums with virtual fans, and maybe we could eat virtual hotdogs and drink virtual beer.

Stephen Hawking recently stated that artificial intelligence "could spell the end of the human race." He's a lot smarter than me, but it is very likely that I will be gone before the AI take-over. However, for the 30 years or so that I have left, I'll be driving my own car, thank you.

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EDB | 2:59PM (Wed, Feb 18, 2015)

Id have to agree, the thought of a computer holding my entire life in its hands is a little scary.


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VRouge | 9:16AM (Thu, Feb 19, 2015)

I personally enjoy driving as well so I wouldn't want to give that up. Also, I feel like all the locations your computer driven car takes you must be saved somewhere and well, that just seems like a serial killers fantasy.



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