For Today In Robot Apocalypse we go to Mountain View, California!
That is where our Internet overlords at Google are hell bent on turning the world into a utopian fun-scape, where everyone is free to text message and post updates to their Facebook page whilst all liquored up riding in self-driving cars carting our fat asses around.
For those of us that saw the fat people swooshing around in the film Wall-E and thought I want that!
However it turns out that this futuristic vision of a driverless society might move a lot slower than we had hoped. A LOT slower. Google has been testing out its self-driving car program around its California headquarters over the past few years by implementing strict safety measures. This includes restricting the car’s speed to 25 miles per hour on public roads. On Thursday the car caused bit of a traffic jam when it clocked in at 24 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. In California there is a minimum speed law for impeding traffic. Robot fail!
That is when a police officer pulled the car over and spoke to its human operator. Although it would be great if the cop tried to talk to the car like it was KITT from Knight Rider. The police department issued a statement saying; “The officer stopped the car and made contact with the operators to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic.”
Everyone is always concerned that self-operating computers and robot technology will be the apocalypse. If anything the robots are going to be slow and lame just like our current computers, they will just be attempting to do cooler stuff.
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Source: The Guardian