These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Getting Used to Autonomy

Google's 'Stories to Read' cards can be annoying. You know, I mean the Android screen one get's when swiping right from the main one. I love the weather updates and automatic flight scheduling info when travelling. When I worked, I used the commuting time info which appeared like magic just before driving times. However, I cannot figure out where it pulls in data for its 'Stories to Read' cards.

They seem to showcase a variety of websites which I'd never, ever consider visiting. Being able to turn off trash sites is helpful but, honestly, Google knows enough about me to make better attempts at what I might want to read. Then, there are times when the suggestions go absolutely bonkers with totally unwanted choices!

Because of the rather random sense of priorities, I've been reading a lot about autonomous cars, lately. It seems we are in for a shift much sooner than most folks think. I'm all for a new reality as it eliminates the most dangerous part of driving -- the other drivers.

The novelty will wear off quickly for society. For example, I never stop to consider our SkyTrain system for the Metro-Vancouver area is driverless. Okay, there's a central control room somewhere, but no drivers in the front of each train. Perhaps that seemed unusual to me when we first got here 20 years ago. By that time the system had already been running since Expo 86 with no responsible human aboard each individual train. What a great cost savings and safety feature! At least, trains don't show up for work drunk or angry after a fight with the misses (or mister).

Clearing the Tunnel
Some early car designs photographed in 2011


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