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Old September 10 2013, 09:42 PM   #78
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Re: Technological Stagnation

JarodRussell wrote: View Post
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JarodRussell wrote: View Post
You will never be able to remove the driver's responsibility.
I'm actually going to agree with this. Any automated systems should be treated like an airplane's autopilot----available as a tool, but not in any way alleviating the pilot's responsibility for the safe completion of the flight.

It may come about that someday we can take things farther than that, but we have a ways to go before we get there. In the meantime, let's just get as much driver-assist technology in place as we can.
One negative side effect of driver assistance systems is that people unlearn how to drive, basically. Rely on your parking assistance way too often and you stop being able to park your car properly in case the system fails, for example.

Also the reliance on your assistance systems makes you pay less attention, and increases your reaction times in case something goes wrong, that's been shown as well.
That ship sailed a long time ago: automatic transmissions, power steering, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, traction/stability control, etc. There's so much that separates the driver from the actual mechanical behavior of the car at this point that it's almost a joke to still call it "driving." The more automated cars get, the more absurd the idea of "driving" yourself becomes.

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Please provide examples of problems a computer could not respond to.
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A computer's not going to be able to handle every emergency

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but it's going to do a better job of handling most emergencies than a human ever could. Poor traction situations are probably the best example of just how bad humans are at coping with dangerous conditions
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I don't think anyone is proposing a system that can't be overridden.
No argument with either point. But it's hard to know where to draw the line between where a machine should be responsible and where a human must be. I'd hate for that line to be drawn by the lawyers.
My original sentence should have ended with "that a human could respond to better." Does that settle the contradiction for you and JarodRussell?
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