There has been a lot of conversation about self-driving cars lately. Many pros and more cons. The pros are coming from the people who have invested billion$ of dollar$ in them and are determined to see them succeeded; the cons are coming from people with a little G-2 ( commonsense military term).
My what if is a very distinct possibility. I would surmise that the majority of the people on the planet NEVER consider this fact. What is dominating/guiding most of what we use these days is controlled by GPS (Global Positioning System) and other instruments attached to satellites roaming around the heavens. These satellites are sitting ducks just waiting to get knocked off by other satellites, comets, planets and or space-junk that fills the atmosphere.
How much space junk is orbiting the Earth?
More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft.
This statistic was taken in 2013. I am sure that we can at least 40% to the numbers in 2018.
Based on these findings, what do we think the possibility of one of the satellites carrying equipment that controls self-driven cars, cell phones, computers and just about everything we use today, will eventually get nailed by one of the other flying missiles?? I say pretty good. Even Mother Earth is a sitting duck, waiting to get pounded into smithereens.
Can we eve being to imagine the chaos when everything goes out at once. The freeways around the world will resemble junk yards, all banking systems will shut down, everything that is controlled by satellites will be in turmoil. Can we even imagine that the texting junkies will be shut down?? Worst of all, the kids who work in the fast food chains will have to take off their shoes to be able to give change when they get past 10.
Don’t ever say it can not happen, because it will. If it is not a collision from space junk or one of the above, it can be a flare-up from the sun or another celestial phenomenon that causes the malfunction.
Innovation and advancement is great, as long as it does not jeopardize the safety and well-being of mankind. Self-driving anything is just an accident waiting to happen.
To me, some things are not worth the risk. Lets face it. Where the hell is it going to end. Mankind is constantly attempting to revolutionize the world for the sake of fame or fortune. When is good enough, good enough??
I will not argue with the authorities as to the safety of the self-driving car because I am not an expert. My contention is, when the satellites go haywire, breaks-down or get nailed by space junk or a comet, there may lie the biggest danger.
I feel the same mentality and caution should be used in the advancement of robots. Remember Dr. Frankenstein. His invention/monster finally killed him.
I guess I am not alone with my theories.
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Aug 12, 2015 – As robots enter our home, we shouldn’t be too quick to trust them, argue … Even robot vacuum cleaners can go bad (Credit: Karlis Dambrans/Flickr/CC BY 2.0) … of a body responsible for the integration of robotics into society.
Aug 21, 2017 – Almost every aspect of modern human life has been influenced by science and technology. Starting from the smartphone you hold in your …
Oct 2, 2017 – The Negative Effects of Robots Entering the Workforce … New technologies always have the potential to make lasting changes to a society.
Beside the issue that there is a dangerous element surrounding artificial intelligence, the fact that is has robbed the work-place of 100’s of 1,000’s, possibly 1,000,000’s of jobs and it just got started.
We all see more and more of the self-check-out-lanes in stores. What do you think the motive of the owners is?? Helloooo; it is to eliminate the human worker. The robots do not have to stop eat, to take a piss, leave after 8 hours, they don’t complain, no sick leave or vacation pay, no holidays, no retirement plan and a few I may have missed. What is the up-side to all of is innovation?? Nothing BUTT more $oldi in the owner’s piggy bank$.
This can go on forever. I am definitely not against advance of any kind; as long as it is advantageous to all. What I am opposed to is when advancements are detrimental to society.
Advancements in some areas of medicine gets a big thumbs up. I do not believe in cloning or controlling genetics.
In some areas, I am a little old-fashioned and believe in leaving well enough alone.
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