Science Saturday

I read up on a few very interesting tech/science articles this week and thought they were good enough to share…

 

1) Google is taking its self-driving cars to the next phase- creating a self-driving car that no longer has a steering wheel or gas pedal:

 

 

Here’s a more detailed demo of the google’s self-driving car in action:

 

This is amazing stuff, and could replace the taxi industry as we know it. Think of the amount of time savings and convenience this would bring. What’s not so amazing is a chunk of the negative comments on this I’ve seen online from people who have trouble thinking outside the box and are unable to see the benefits this will bring. Instead, they complain about computers taking away their “freedom” to drive, computers being untrustworthy/dangerous to have in control, a sign of lazy consumers, cars look ugly, cars don’t look safe, etc…

These complaints are easy to answer-

Instead of taking away “driving freedom”, a self driving car will be a blessing to those who are physically disabled who are unable to drive. The demo video has a blind person using the car. This also applies to the elderly and their loss of driving aptitude. Those who have long commutes will be free to work on other things instead of spending it focused on driving.

Computers being “untrustworthy/dangerous” is a joke. Who would you rather trust to operate a car coming towards you – a computer whose job is to monitor driving and its surrounding environment 100% of the time, or a human who may be distracted with texting, music, talking, day dreaming, drugs, alcohol, make up, shaving, etc..?

Googles’s self drive cars have logged in 100’s of thousands of miles with ZERO accidents- that speaks for itself.

As for the looks and safety of the car model, this is just the first prototype. In time the styles will change to what consumers want. Think of the early car models when they first came out – they didn’t look so impressive either and people made fun of them as well.

 

2) Graphene – the next wonder material.

Graphene is said to be as big to the future of technology and science as the transistor and silicon chip was. It has the potential of making the best computers of today look like the basic add/subtract calculators of yesterday, today’s broadband speeds seem as slow as physical snail mail, hardware and medical devices moving ahead by leaps and bounds into the Star Trek age, etc…

 

 

More on Graphene:

 

 

3) Finally- do you have an extra $35 mill or so lying around burning a hole in your pocket? Do you love Star Trek? Well, your potential “perfect home” is now available on the market:

 

 

 

 

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