[FoRK] Air cars? Please?
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Wed Mar 26 20:43:04 PDT 2008
On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 1:05 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> We're actually ahead of a lot of his notions, especially on the
> computing / cell phone / software side.
> A lot of the rest is doable except for either monetization issues or
> more commonly the likely disruption of current monetization. Those local
> minima are tough to bust out of. House construction, for instance, could
> be simplified and greatly reduced in price except that high end builders
> already have high end margins and would risk cannibalizing their market
> before they'd get ahead.
> Domes aren't doable yet, but automated high speed traffic is totally
> within reach, except for those pesky manual drivers everywhere and poor
> (i.e. often difficult) roads taking up all of the public space. My car,
> which can be had starting at $25K, can already comfortably do 150mph,
> it's just not legal to go even half that anywhere in the US outside a
> race track. This is true even though many Interstates have zones that
> could handle at least 120mph without significant increase in accidents.
you've got to be kidding about the computer-driven traffic control
system? no way would i drive in a world where a internet-connected
computer system was controlling the scheduling.
> I think there will be less and less need for innovations in travel and
> commuting and more and more desire to be fuel and pollution efficient
> which will mean that travel, beyond hyper-efficient transport of goods,
> will be mainly for pleasure. In those cases, you don't really want to
> completely remove the anachronistic status quo, at least not too much.
> We're all going to be in HD virtual worlds soon where you'll see more
> than you would if you were actually there, plus have all of your
> resources available and be able to walk away to see loved ones in a few
> minutes. Or I will anyway. ;-) Or I may mainly see the loved ones in
> such a world. (Poor substitute, but better than not.)
There's not a problem I can't fix, because I can do it in the mix.
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