I was delighted to read that at least three teams had gotten to the end of the DARPA Grand Challenge, which saw autonomously-driven cars run along a 211km course – which, importantly, they didn’t know in advance. And yet what spin does BBC News put on it? They say that the technology will be used for the war in Iraq and Afganistan.
Now, it probably will be used for that, and I bet the US military is overjoyed about this. But the wider implications are much more important than self-driven trucks in Iraq; while I know that this doesn’t mean we’ll see self-driven cars on the motorway any time soon, it does mean that it *will* happen, and that it *can* happen, and that it won’t even be that expensive or difficult either. Not just self-driven cars, either – self-driven *everything*. Dear bog, the possibilities are incredible; I can see the entire transport network being totally transformed in just a few decades.
I’m not normally one to go off on the Iraq war, but now it’s really pissing me off in hijacking any useful discussion of new technology.