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Only one problem... it's not integrated (and will never be) like Siri is.
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I gotta admit this appeals to my inner gamer quite a bit. Facebook integration to boot... I'm so installing this on my dev workstation on Monday. I wonder if there's an "Upgraded TFS 2008 to TFS 2010" badge that I can earn this week, lol
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Completely agree with +Dave Winer here. I've always thought that apps were a stopgap. I don't think they will go away completely, but there will be less "gratuitous" apps that just have content.
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"users are happy to live in a highly regulated, Disneyfied app space, without all that messy freedom"

Does he really think otherwise? The explosion of modern phones and tablets seem to indicate that a "disneyfied" computing experience is precisely what most people want.
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10 minutes to show you how scary this thing really is.
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Khan Academy video on SOPA: SOPA and PIPA
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Thanks for sending the SOPA video.
The SOPA bill far oversteps, in typical congressional fashion. The scope of this is truly amazing. This would be great for the legal fraternity. I am glad SOPA has been pushed off congress' docket. But for how long?
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This makes me sad.
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Come on, Microsoft.
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The upside is that Siri is just software. And software can be (relatively) easily improved. Hopefully MS (and Android developers) take their cues and jump into this space.
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Koushik Dutta originally shared:
 
The Unintended Effects of Driverless Cars

Google has been working on driverless cars for a few years now. The obvious selling point is that the cars will be much safer without a human behind the wheel.

Currently, a car spends 96% of its time idle. Compare that with planes which spend almost their entire lifetime in operation/airborne. Idle planes aren't making money, and they need to recoup their hefty $120M price tag. There is an unforgiving economic incentive to make sure it is always in use.

The proliferation of driverless cars will have a similar effect. Cars will spend less time idle: why would a household buy 2 (or even 3) cars, when they only need 1? Ride to work, then send the car home to your spouse. Need to go grocery shopping, but your kid also needs a ride to a soccer game? No problem, a driverless car can handle that.

What will begin as households cutting back to a single car, will expand. Why would a family need an entire car to themselves? That's crazy! It may start as extended family in the same area sharing cars, then neighbors sharing cars, and then entire apartment/condo complexes in cities offering driverless cars bundled into their HOA/rent.[2]

The operating percent of a car will go from 4% to that 96%. But back to my leading statement: there are unintended consequences. Parked cars will be a relic from the past. What happens to car insurance prices if a driver is no longer part of the equation? And if cars are receiving 20 times more actual use, that would imply that there would be 20 times less cars sold.[1] This is the kind of disruptive change that can reshape the automotive industry. The recent GM/Chrysler bailout may have been for naught.[3]





[1] Of course, this isn't exactly the case, as the cars would need to be replaced more often due to nonstop usage, but the point stands.
[2] Hell, I'd share a car with my condo complex. I currently don't own a car, I walk or take taxis basically everywhere.
[3] Of course, car companies realize this. And I can guarantee you, they will lobby against driverless cars.
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Good post! Interesting thoughts...
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Good food for thought for all of us.
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Heard this food for thought from a former co-worker: "Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What's your excuse?"
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