you can't really automate backing your truck up carefully through your yard to a specific place that is completely unmarked, so it can be used in the commencing yard work.
Not today, no. But eventually yes. The yard work robots will understand where the yard work is taking place and drive the truck to the best spot for it. They will know if the truck can fit through or not. They will recognize that it's not OK to drive through a flowerbed, and so on. That level of automation will not happen soon, but it will happen.
Unless the market quickly rebels against them, they will quickly become mandatory.
It wouldn't surprise me if they eventually became mandatory, but quickly? Given how quick Congress is lately that would be shocking.
Think of the cash like any other possession. The police stop you (say for speeding) and they ask you whos car this is. You say "I don't know" and well, see how that works out.
How about if you say "it's mine", they say "what are you doing in this neighborhood?", you say "none of your business" or "I felt like it" and the cop impounds your car because it all just smells fishy. I assume you would have no problem with that.
Fully automated factories only make sense if the owners can sell or trade the output for things that they want or need. Ultimately, if their is no market for the output of the factory, it has no value for its owners, and any investment they have put into it is lost.
Quite true, which is the other part of why automation will be an enormous disaster if we don't deal with it ahead of time. If 25% or more of the population is unemployed (wants to work but can't), there won't be enough demand to support the current production levels. Factories will close, demand for both skilled workers (at the beginning there will still be a need for skilled workers) and robots will decline, leading to further unemployment and reduced demand, and so on. Other factories will need to cut costs due to reduced demand and turn to automation, leading to increased unemployment and reduced demand.
I can see two possibilities: a complete transformation of our society away from being paid for work that someone wants you to do, or a total collapse. Like people starving, rioting, and setting things on fire. The US could look like the Arab Spring but worse.
Now imagine what certain politicians will say when someone suggests that we can no longer have a society based on people trading work for money, and need to find some other way to make sure everyone has housing, food, and medicine.
Have you NEVER looked at a random road and just swerved off coarse just to see what's there? Have you NEVER just drove around look at Christmans lights? Have you NEVER just driven for driving's sake? There are an infinite number of ways having to program an actual destination inhibits your autonomy.
I would be surprised if there weren't cars that would respond to a command to "turn left here" and the like. Or let you take over when you want to. Maybe not all of them, but certainly some.
I have different vehicles for different tasks, and some of those tasks CAN'T be automated.
Yet. Can't be automated yet. There's nothing you can do with a truck that can't be automated in theory. It's just a matter of economics, so when it becomes cheaper to buy a robot to do it than hire a person, that's what will happen.
Mike, didn't you make the point in a previous Tesla article article that Tesla were talking about constructing their own hireable vehicle fleet by giving owners the option to use their own self-driving Teslas for the task? I can't see why you don't expect Uber to do the exact same thing.
Did you not read all the way to the end?
"And given that, it's also interesting to see how Tesla is entering the market from the other direction -- a direction that is more like Uber's original concept, where individuals own their own cars, but then lease them back to Tesla to act as for-hire cars for others. I guess it's possible that Uber could do the same thing too, where any car owner could provide their vehicle back to Uber to earn money, but without having to drive it -- just making it a productive resource."
My phone occasionally "sniffs" the wifi signals in the area (it does not send any wifi signals out when it does this), and if it sees an AP that is on my list of approved access points, it turns the wifi on
How does it check for wifi without turning wifi on?
The notion that they will "find our way to the far shore where the industry is thriving and growing again" is the kind of mistaken goal-setting that will result in failure. You can't go back to the way it was, no matter how much tech jargon you sling in your boardroom or your videos.
I read that as a goal of a healthy journalism industry that looks different than it used to, rather than trying to go back to the past. And that must be their goal. The alternative is "our goal is to go out of business as slowly as possible".