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Old 12-21-2014, 04:40 PM   #29
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If computers and associated robots reach the state of self awareness, the state of being alive, their evolutionary progress could be astounding. The ability to remember everything and to at birth pass it onto prodigy in seconds, reaching maturity immediately. This action in a sense compresses time, particularly compared to human life cycles.

Thinking about the future, one I can not experience much of, is interesting.
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Old 12-21-2014, 06:45 PM   #30
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Smart cars are nothing new. Remember the Knight Rider? My Mother the Car? Herbie the Love Bug? I'm sure there were more...

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Old 12-21-2014, 06:48 PM   #31
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Regarding the engine service light that won't go off, I had one I couldn't get off by following the directions in the owners manual. Problem was I had the odometer set on "Trip A" and it has to be set on the total vehicle mileage position.
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Old 12-21-2014, 06:59 PM   #32
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Same thing that happened in the good old days of distributor caps - car stops working!
For $20 or so I could carry a spare cap, rotor, points, and condenser and with a few simple tools diagnose and probably get back on the road quickly. The last several years I worked as a truck mechanic our diagnostic tool was a laptop computer we plugged into the vehicle. I like the new vehicles, just glad I don't have to work on them anymore.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:05 PM   #33
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Hi: mary and bob...I retired because at 64 I knew how to drive a transit bus. At 65 I needed to be tested, and I don't do well at skill testing questions!!!
As for my vehicle being smart... the "Service Engine Soon" light has come on, been fixed, come on again, been fixed again, come back on again, and been fixed...yet again. Now that's really "Dumb"!!!
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Hi: mary and bob..."SES" on for the fourth time!!! This really smarts. Odo. not on trip A.
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:11 PM   #34
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Smart trailers could be the future. No more lighting or pushing switches for hot water, heat, AC, mood lighting, heated towel rack and toilet seat, automatic hitching to tug. A trailer that recycles heat, propane, water. A trailer that cleans itself in and out.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:25 PM   #35
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My other hobby is restoring antique tractors (hence the moniker) ... Not much simpler than a 1939 D4 Caterpillar (machine # 146, 1st year of production.) No battery, pull-start pony motor, and no spark plugs....

Top speed is 3.5 mph, but you CAN go pretty much anywhere you want. Useful for knocking down trees, too.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:20 AM   #36
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Charlie; that's great, I'd love to have an old crawler tractor. My oldest tractor is a '46 Farmall H, unrestored, bought new by my grandfather. Also have a '68 Ford, 60 something Case, and a Beaver garden tractor. You must be a "Antique Power" subscriber.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:18 AM   #37
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Well, this thing isn't very smart... it's raw, loud, has a bit of an attitude, and rides like a hay wagon...

But, my oh my, it's sure fun!

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Old 12-22-2014, 12:01 PM   #38
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Red face An applicable story

As we leveled off after take off, a voice came over the loudspeakers:

"Welcome to the first fully automated flight. I am a computer and am completely in control of your flight today. There are no humans controlling the aircraft.

Do not worry, nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong...."


Like the Airbus A320 whose computer thought it was landing and by jingles, it was going to land and ended up plowing a wide swath through a forest because the human pilots just wanted to do a low level fly-by for demonstration purposes. The field itself was too short to accommodate the airliner.

The problem is that we cannot anticipate all possible situations. If you study air crashes it is always a combination of individual factors that no one anticipated.
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Well, this thing isn't very smart... it's raw, loud, has a bit of an attitude, and rides like a hay wagon...

But, my oh my, it's sure fun!

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I learned to drive in a Porsche. It never ceased to amaze me how that thing stuck to the road, just an amazing vehicle. My Dad bought one, the first one a 1955 Speedster, and not to be out down my Mom got one. (Originally they were very reasonably priced.)

My Mom, with a little more patience, taught me to drive.
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I learned to drive in a Porsche. It never ceased to amaze me how that thing stuck to the road, just an amazing vehicle. My Dad bought one, the first one a 1955 Speedster, and not to be out down my Mom got one. (Originally they were very reasonably priced.)

My Mom, with a little more patience, taught me to drive.
Ohmygoodness! I am so jealous! Of course, you already know that Speedsters are going for stratospheric dollars these days. My 911 is one of only 62 ever made and its scarcity contributes to its constantly-appreciating value (!)... but those Speedsters....
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I sold my 911 convertible when we hit the road. It was fun to drive, fast and sure. It was fun but no match for the last 14 years on the road. The Porsche was one of the items on my 'life to do' list. It was also on my brother's list. He has a 911 coupe now.
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There are a few predictions I have made to my kids.
1) One day you will have a relationship with someone online, that you consider to be significant, which will turn out to be with software.
2) One day computers will be as smart a people, for a very short time.
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