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Vlad Ciobanu
Posted about 4 years ago
Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car
There's more to this topic than just making the machine work. Scaling it up to become a social reality rather than an amazing but very rare experiment will take some time. There are other important obstacles on the way to a large scale usage of automated cars. One would be the general mindset about the automobile of today: it is seen asan extension of the driver. It augments you on the road. It gives you speed and power. The part of the public that responds to that type of messaging will not jump on the driverless car. Automakers might be willing to make such vehicles but i'm not sure how many people who enjoy their cars will want to own one. And if it is not marketed properly it will be viewed as a regulation rather than an innovation. It would be a shame for great technology to not be used due to unpopularity, wouldn't you agree?
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Vlad Ciobanu
Posted over 5 years ago
Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars
It would be amazing for this to happen. But then again this is TED. It would be amazing for all the things proposed here to happen. Now I can't relate to the technical parts of the presentation because it's too far a field from my interests, but Mr. Levine is perfectly right when saying that this mission would inspire a new generation of scientists. Of the 100+ technologically inclined talks I've seen on TED almost all started with "This goes back to my childhood in the late '60s. We were sending people to the Moon. The idea of exploring new worlds inspired me to do what I'm presenting today." And inspiration is key, because it drives the focus of people to greater things and larger goals. It's been 50 years since this last happened and I think the generations of today so interconnected as they are will get a fantastic rush from seeing this happen right before their eyes. We need a new space race!