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  •  Car prices don't but the electronics sure do (2+ / 0-)
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    Elwood Dowd, Kevskos

    I've worked with the automotive computer tech. It's amazing how much tech is crammed into a car nowadays. And, yes, the prices don't follow the same curves as other consumer electronics but it's still pretty amazing. There are really only a couple of things needed for computer driven cars. It boils down to sensors, acceleration/braking, steering. The sensors are becoming dirt cheap, that cost won't be a barrier. Many newer cars are now "brake by wire" which allows computer controlled braking, acceleration is already there with cruise control. Steering is the last piece but again, we're seeing steering follow the path of braking. It will happen pretty quickly, the transition to robot driving. I'm not sure what the final dynamics of it will be but it will happen faster than we think. Especially if there's a way for the 0.01% to suck money out our pockets by doing it.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 05:06:52 PM PDT

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