I never knew until now how much I wanted to be a space mechanic. When I'm not exploring alien worlds I will run a body shop for damaged starships and it will be amazing.
However, some made the argument that we would still need them because of EMS and what if there is an accident? But do we?
Imagine for a moment that it is the year 2030, and self-driving cars have now become a reality. In fact, every car is now, by law, required to be self-driving by default. You can still drive certain cars manually, but they can always overrule the human driver in the case of an emergency or within areas designated to be auto-driving-zones (like city centers and congested areas).
You may like or dislike this future, but this is happening already today. Many cars today will, for instance, brake if there is an obstacle in from of them, regardless of how much we humans keep pushing the accelerator.
So, let’s imagine a few scenarios.
# The Accident
The first scenario is that a self-driving car is in an accident. Maybe there was a mechanical problem, maybe the car had a flat tire at 80 MPH, maybe the truck in front lost a big sewer pipe and the self-driving car had no where to go other than to smash into it.
Shit happens, even in a future of self driving cars.
If something like this happens today, you send out the EMS, the police, and the traffic cops. The EMS helps people. The police investigates, and the traffic cops wave their arms around trying to get all the other cars to go where they want them to.
We still, obviously, need the EMS. We also kind of need the police, although not nearly as much as today since every self-driving car has cameras on-board. So, you don't need police to look over everything. They can just replay the video.
But the traffic cops? We don’t need them at all. Why, because instead of sending a police officer to wave his arms around, all you would do is to designate that part of the road to be ‘off-limits', and all the self-driving cars would automatically drive around it.
If an accident happened on a four-lane highway, the police could simply define three of the lanes to be off-limits within a certain distance, and that would be it. We don’t need traffic cops to direct the traffic, because the car already knows that it can’t go into that zone.
We already see this today with apps like Waze, which helps you avoid problematic roads. In the future, all self-driving cars will have this built in by default.
But this goes a bit further still. I said that we still need EMS, and we obviously do in the case of an accident where the car can’t be moved. But what if it could?
# The Heart Attack
Imagine that you and your friends are driving down the road and one of you is having a heart attack or some other medical emergency. What do you do?
Well, today you pull over your car. Then you call 911 and frantically try to tell them where you are. An ambulance is then dispatched and has to drive all the way to you from the EMS station. Once it arrives, the paramedics do their thing, load the person into the ambulance and drives to the hospital.
That’s a lot of steps.
But what if we had self-driving cars?
Well, let’s play this scenario once more. Your friend has a heart attack. You press the in-car emergency button. The car then automatically connects with 911, who comes on the screen in your central console (like Hangout/Skype). You explain what’s wrong, but now, instead of sending an ambulance to you, the 911 dispatcher can decide to tell your car to act instead.
What happens then is that your own car turns into an ambulance.
The outer adaptive paint changes color to alert bystanders, and the car is put into emergency mode. In emergency mode, normal speed limits are revoked, and your car is free to go as fast as it safely can, and it will now take you to the hospital defined by the 911 dispatcher.
At the same time, a signal is sent out (both directly and via the cloud), directing all other cars in your vicinity to move out of your way.
Three minutes later, your own car arrives at the hospital and your friend can get all the help he needs. At no point was an ambulance dispatched, because sending an ambulance would be way too slow.
In this scenario, we didn’t need EMS, the police or the traffic cops at all. There was no disruption of traffic, nor was there any wait time. Instead, you just connected your car with the 911 central, who ‘assumed control’.
Isn't this amazing? I can't wait for this future to happen. It will save so many people!
- Small size (lonelyinternetpeople.com)
- Skilled, humble, dedicated moderators (/r/mylittlepony/)
- A handful of posters who regularly create interesting content for people to discuss (startrek-online.net, back in the day)
The more of one you have, the less of the others you need.
I'm not really interested in joining the next Twitter because I don't see any way for an unmoderated supercommunity to avoid toxicity. It may limit my reach, but I'd rather be a part of a small, cozy circle of friends who respect each other and have thoughtful conversations.
Some technical ways this could be achieved:
- Slack makes it easy to create cozy little chat rooms.
- Google+ communities are great for sharing posts and commenting on them
- Blogging platforms like Medium can be used to create blogging circles; that can be a good way to have public long-form conversations
I've tried several times to start small online communities; every one has withered and died, and not from a lack of posting on my part. There must be some social skill it requires that I don't have. I'll keep looking for small communities to join; if anyone finds one they think I should be part of, let me know!
We are living in a pivotal moment in history. The decisions that our society makes over the next couple of decades have the potential to create an actual utopia on this planet--or a feudal oligopoly, or a toxic wasteland. Technology is scaling up the influence we have over the world and each other. Our decisions matter, more so every day.
And I don't understand why I'm the only person I know who gets excited about this stuff. I don't get why people want to talk about sports instead of "hey, it looks like our children, or our grandchildren, might not have to work. Ever. How do we feel about that? How should we structure this massive change that looms on the horizon?"
1. AI will provide modern medical diagnostics to the four billion people in the world that don't have easy access to doctors.
2. By detecting cancer earlier, survival rates could increase a factor of 10X.
- A handful of frequent posters can define the narrative for tens of thousands of people
- Large communities fall apart
- The Internet tends toward extremism. I'm going to quote this part:
"Once you get big enough, it becomes impossible to hold a nuanced debate. There are too many variances of opinions to consider, the upvotes and downvotes flow too freely, and there's no space in the comment section to consider opinions opposing your own.
"Instead, the people who rise to the top are those who are are clearest, and most certain. And those people are usually on the ends of any given spectrum. They're extremists. They're clear, because their opinions are black and white, and they're utterly without nuance. And they're certain, because their opinions are black and white, and they're utterly without nuance.
"And, once these opinions have risen to the top, they stay there. The problem is that your average, normal, well adjusted person isn't certain that they're right all the time. Often, they're not completely sure what their opinion is at all. They're ready to be persuaded. And so, even though there's usually far more sensible, nuanced commenters out there, they become a silent majority. They see the black-and-white, upvoted post, then assume that, because it's been upvoted and seems certain, it must be right, and then never put forward their more sensible take.
"But, on the internet, the silent majority is invisible. You've no idea how many normal, sensible opinions there are out there, as you can only see this really extreme one, which is highly upvoted. But, if nobody's saying it's too extreme, and it's highly upvoted, then surely it's right? So you decide that it is now your opinion, too. And then you upvote, and move on.
"And once you've reached this point, the rest all becomes horribly standard. With an extremist viewpoint comes an us-vs-them mentality. Then that becomes a refusal to listen to them. And then you end up with what Yahtzee Croshaw described as 'a dual siege between two heavily-entrenched echo chambers of vocal minorities, separated by a vast landscape of howler monkeys flinging shit.'
"And that is what's universal, across the internet. The upvote mechanics might be different, but certainty stands out, and the silent majority remains invisible. And the result is extremism. That can be as an SJW, or, in TiA's case, as people who hate SJWs. It will be the two ends of any given spectrum."
This is the result of the way things are set up on the Internet, but it is not the way it must be. More on that in my next post.
Happy N7 day, everyone. #MassEffect
(Today I completed my goal to lose 25 pounds, which I've been pursuing since May. To celebrate, I'm going to pick up an N7 jacket from the Bioware store, as I promised myself I would.)
- Rocky Mountain College of Art and DesignGraphic Design, 2010 - 2013
- Community College of the Air ForceComputer Information Systems, 2006 - 2010
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