Who exactly thinks a world full of bright minds and dexterity ample to steer spacecraft to the moon decides the world needs autonomous vehicles?
This world is not full of such people.
Is this so people can text at the same time and drive cross town without plowing into the tear of someone just minding their own business? MORONS
Exactly. This technology is designed for people as they actually are: no interest at all in the process of driving, and terrible-to-adequate skill at it. It is not designed for the people we might wish surrounded us.
It's not that hard in 2014, and makes it even more obvious when people are skirting the laws and best practices.
It wouldn't really help much. If Clinton were willing to use a private email address, she wouldn't flinch at buying a private cell phone / laptop / internet service to get around whatever other roadblocks are in place. Whitelists and such would only deter or catch those who are not very determined to break the rules, or not very imaginative. I would think meaningful penalties for getting caught doing it would be more effective - if there were someone interested in enforcing such penalties, which there isn't.
Yet, if I am accused of copyright infringement, it is up to me to prove that I did NOT infringe.
Not quite, it's up to both cases to present evidence, and the decision is supposed to go to wherever the preponderance of the evidence points. The plaintiff can't just file suit and do nothing else, and win a judgment if you fail to make a good enough case.
No matter how beneficial the motives are/seem to be, that influence can/will always lead to regulatory capture.
If your solution to that problem is no regulation at all, then I think that's what the AC was addressing with his comment about The Jungle. Without any regulations, you do not end up with a nice free market with vigorous competition, safe products, and humane working environments. You end up with monopolies, oligopolies, no concern for safety or environmental impact, and the working conditions most profitable for the corporations.