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The race to the first fully self-driving car might be raging on at full speed, but one of its main participants, benevolent Bond villain Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, is already looking well past the finish line into the autonomous future. Musk — who was also on hand to announce Tesla’s expansion into the […]
The race to the first fully self-driving car might be raging on at full speed, but one of its main participants, benevolent Bond villain Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, is already looking well past the finish line into the autonomous future.
Musk — who was also on hand to announce Tesla’s expansion into the United Arab Emirates, the company’s first official entrance to the Middle Eastern market — told a panel at the World Government Summit in Dubai Monday that while self-driving car systems are imminent within the next few years, it might take longer for the tech to fully “disrupt” manual driving. When it does, he believes the world economy needs to be prepared to adjust to a society that no longer needs human drivers as part of the workforce. Business Insider first posted the video of Musk’s remarks.
“My guess is that in probably 10 years it will be very unusual for cars to be built that are not fully autonomous,” he said, before touting the Tesla HW2 hardware package, which could feasibly provide full Level 5 autonomy right now.
What’s holding it back is the automaker’s Enhanced Autopilot software system, which will be incrementally rolled out this year via over-the-air software updates. The software needs to collect more on-road driving data before it’s prepared to be used for true autonomy on a massive scale. The goal is for the system to be prepared for at least one cross-country autonomous ride by the end of this year.
“Getting in a car will be just like getting in an elevator,” Musk said. “You just tell it where you want to go and it takes you there with extreme levels of safety, and that will be normal.”
Even if the self-driving tech is already close at hand, Musk believes it will still take some time to have paradigm-shifting effects.
“The point at which we see full autonomy appear will not be the point at which there is massive societal upheaval,” he said, “because it will take a lot of time to make enough autonomous vehicles to disrupt the economy.” He guessed the full disruption won’t come for another 20 years or so.
When that disruption comes, though, he’s concerned about the potential negative economic impact autonomous cars could have — namely, putting those in industries currently dependent on driving-based jobs out of work. Musk stressed the importance of finding other ways to get displaced drivers working in an autonomous future, because they make up such a large percentage of the global economy.
Throughout the conversation, Musk also hit on some of his other passions and favorite talking points: AI paranoia, cyborgs, super intelligent aliens monitoring Earth as we speak, his secret tunnel and space exploration, repeating his predictions that humans will live on Mars within our lifetimes. After all, he thinks dying on Mars would be a fine way to go out.
Brisbane man Daniel McConnell was awoken at around 2am on Thursday to the sound of someone crashing their car into the shop next door. Like any true Aussie hero, Daniel raced outside in nothing but his underwear to confront the culprit.
Asked how he managed to point cops in the right direction, Daniel gave us a ripper yarn.
The whole thing was summarised with a motto we should all try to live our lives by.
The man Daniel chased from the scene of the crime was arrested by police, and the owners of the destroyed shop have insurance. So really, it’ll just take some cleaning up.
A truck carrying 27 tonnes of human waste near Toowoomba, Queensland, spilled its load all over a busy road on Wednesday morning.
The truck, which was transporting the waste for a recycling company, was reportedly forced to brake suddenly to avoid a collision when a car attempted to merge in front of it.
The load was being transported with only a tarpaulin cover, and two tonnes of the waste spilled on to the road. Arkwood Organic Recycling co-director Elissa Clarke told Fairfax that transporting human waste via truck was like “carting a fish bowl”, and that drivers should be more careful when pulling in front of trucks.
There were no injuries reported and it took workers seven hours to clean the road.
This wife handed her husband a shopping list that read:
We can see how he would get confused by this ambiguous list format (kind of). If the wife had put a period after the numbers, maybe the husband wouldn’t have gotten three packs of butter and exactly five tomatoes.
3. He Learned The Hard Way That You Can’t Microwave-Dry Shirts
Oh, you’re just living life at your own pace aren’t you? Not a care in the world! Out for a purposeless Sunday jaunt are we? Well, good for you friend, but most of us have places to be. So why don’t you go snail-pace it around your living room instead and leave the sidewalk to the big boys!
(Obviously excusing anyone who physically can’t walk fast… I mean, we’re not monsters here.)
Whether it’s on public transportation or in a compact office cubicle, the smell of someone else’s food is foul and makes us feel dirty inside, like we’ve involuntarily visited your home/fridge. Last night’s curried noodles may be appealing to you, but that’s probably because you’re the one eating them. TMI (too much inhalation)!
Congratulations, you are the most important person in this store! So, logically, you should be at the front of the line. All these other peasants are used to waiting for things, but not you! YOU are the king of the whole world and therefore must be treated as such by getting your latte 47 seconds before everyone else.
You enter a silent public restroom and notice only one stall is occupied. You almost smell the tension as they freeze, spooked by your arrival. You sit down on the toilet and…nothing. You can’t go because your neighbor is listening, just WAITING for you to leave so they can have the place all to themselves again.
We get it’s not your responsibility that we’re a nervous pee-er but please, help us out by pooping and leaving so we can pee in peace!
These folk probably think they’re doing nothing wrong, but they are sorely mistaken. At a glance, we don’t see your headphones and therefore we either think you’re a crazy person talking to themselves (apologies, but we run into a lot of them in the city) or you are directly addressing us. The whole thing is an overall unsettling affair and we politely demand that you desist.
The intimidating yoga-brunch ladies and toned power couples that pollute our weekend streets with their thick fog of superiority and neon sweatbands need to stop. They think they’re fooling us, but we know they’re not working out today and they know we’re still recovering from last night’s martinis. In a perfect world, we’d all just be real and spend Sunday morning in our baggiest hoodies, wallowing in a collective pit of shame and regret.