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On Conan, Google's self-driving car kills [CGI] cat
CNET ^ | June 4, 2014 9:30 AM PDT | Chris Matyszczyk

Posted on 06/04/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin

I'm sure there's no intention of scaremongering here. And I realize that handing our lives over to technology is something we do on planes, in trains, and every time we attempt to express ourselves in public.

We are an oddly trusting species.

Somehow, though, there seems a certain joy in controlling one's own destiny behind a steering wheel. When there's no wheel at all, we're at the mercy of someone else's dream.

This may have disturbing consequences.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnet.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: automaticcar; cats; donoevil; googlecar
video at link
1 posted on 06/04/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

driverless cars on the open road is a stupid idea right now


2 posted on 06/04/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: BenLurkin

I did that once. I was doing 50. Kitty darted across the road. Almost made it. Must have run over kitty’s head cause the car jumped. Almost lost control.


3 posted on 06/04/2014 12:25:55 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: GeronL
Imagine the insanity of this planet with Flying cars. The citizens of the 50's
are not the same as todays nuts. Back then responsibility was a badge of honor.
4 posted on 06/04/2014 12:28:31 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

that sucks. Hope kitty is doing ok now.


5 posted on 06/04/2014 12:29:27 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Jeff Chandler

Nothing to do when they dart out. Had it happen to me once too. Broke may heart. Pulled over and doubled back but traffic was too heavy for me to retrieve it and take it home.


6 posted on 06/04/2014 12:29:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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7 posted on 06/04/2014 12:31:41 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: BenLurkin
And I realize that handing our lives over to technology is something we do on planes, in trains,

No you don't! You hand your lives over to a Juggernaut of engineers, bureaucrats and regulators who control and entire system designed to maximize safety while transporting people. You also trust a highly trained individual who has legal responsibility to operate the technology safely. Compare that to what some wizbang eggheads thought up which has not be checked, vetted or certified by any independent body.... those are hardly fair comparisons.
8 posted on 06/04/2014 12:33:15 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Jeff Chandler

This morning, I was driving down a hill on my way to work, and a rabbit crossed in front of me.

Just missed him by a hare.


9 posted on 06/04/2014 12:33:21 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: MaxMax

I agree. We live in a time when nutcases are protected species and responsible people are considered rubes and losers.


10 posted on 06/04/2014 12:34:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: BenLurkin

Why do they do that? I used to watch our family cat hide in the bushes across the street, wait for a car to come, then try to time his sprint to the narrowest of escapes.

He always made it. But why?


11 posted on 06/04/2014 12:34:04 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: Slings and Arrows

12 posted on 06/04/2014 12:34:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: BenLurkin

Pikers. I got a six point buck with a ‘68 Barracuda once.


13 posted on 06/04/2014 12:34:57 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Oh yeah....well one morning on the way to work I fell over 50 feet...I tripped getting on the bus.
14 posted on 06/04/2014 12:35:47 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: GeronL

If a driverless car “responds” to other vehicles on the road, can one driver “scare” the car into driving into/cutting off another car?

Think of road rage/trolling/robbery situations.


15 posted on 06/04/2014 12:36:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SpinnerWebb
He always made it. But why?

To prove to the squirrel that it can be done......

16 posted on 06/04/2014 12:36:45 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: SpinnerWebb

Maybe he prefers a close shave?


17 posted on 06/04/2014 12:37:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: BenLurkin
 photo LOL_zps034cf481.jpg
18 posted on 06/04/2014 12:37:33 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Constitution Day

3...2....1....


19 posted on 06/04/2014 12:37:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 4yearlurker

LOL!


20 posted on 06/04/2014 12:38:36 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: dfwgator

People certainly get their knickers in a twist over that photo. LOL.


21 posted on 06/04/2014 12:41:10 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: a fool in paradise

interesting idea. I am sure someone will get close to see if it moves toward the shoulder.... or sidewalk...


22 posted on 06/04/2014 12:48:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

How does a Googlecar respond to bicyclists (who do not remain in the bike lane) and are unlikely to stop at stop signs or traffic lights?

Does the Googlecar go in “assessing” that a bicyclist is quite likely to ignore traffic laws? Or does it respond “after the violation” making an abrupt stop?


23 posted on 06/04/2014 12:52:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: BenLurkin

I’m all for self driving cars as long as there is no special deals limiting lawsuits for victims.


24 posted on 06/04/2014 12:54:42 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: BenLurkin

Hate to say it, but cats (and squirrels) are just lurking there to run out in the road and make you flip your car avoiding them. Don’t avoid them,
even if you’re a real human being behind the wheel. They’ll replenish themselves...


25 posted on 06/04/2014 1:02:08 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
Trying to avoid any animal on the road at high speed is deadly.
Just brake the best you can and drive through it, not around it.
26 posted on 06/04/2014 2:11:09 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MNDude
Hope kitty is doing ok now.

I ran over its head at 50 MPH. I'm pretty sure I killed it.

27 posted on 06/04/2014 3:27:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Constitution Day

I’m a cat lover, but that was funny!


28 posted on 06/04/2014 4:09:28 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: MaxMax

That’s my feeling, too. I don’t speed up to hit them (!), but if I hit them, it’s better them than me.


29 posted on 06/04/2014 4:16:39 PM PDT by livius
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