“I had to stop driving my car for a while… the tires got dizzy.”–Steven Wright
Elon Musk is at it again. And if you believe him, there will be another excuse for bad driving available by the end of next year. He says Tesla auto-pilot could be reliable enough for drivers to safely sleep behind the wheel. Will Tesla really be ready? Will the public be ready? If not, it could end very badly.
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Self-Driving Cars–Elon Musk is promising Tesla drivers they will be able to nap behind the wheel by the end of next year. There are a lot of skeptics regarding that timeline–including myself. And there are already a lot of drivers out there who seem to be sleeping.
Space/Space Commerce–Musk is also taking criticism in other areas as well. In a widely publicized talk in New York this past week, Amazon CEO and Musk space commerce rival Jeff Bezos laid into the SpaceX goal of colonizing Mars. He also had uncomplimentary words for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism venture. There’s nothing like commercial competition…
—Regardless of what Jeff Bezos thinks of Virgin Galactic, its spaceplane reached the boundary of space for the second time this past week. And for the first time, it carried a passenger along with the astronaut crew.
–It’s a far cry from Mars, but SpaceX did launch the first private lunar lander with its Falcon 9 rocket. The lander was designed and built by Israeli firm SpaceIL.
–While private ventures continue to gain the lion’s share of news headlines regarding manned flight and Mars exploration, NASA remains focused on exo-planets. Universe Today reports on it’s proposed WFIRST space telescope, planned for a launch in the mid 2020-s. They suggest it will be up to 100 times more powerful than Hubble and capable of detecting perhaps a million exo-planets.
Robotics/Automation–What’s more au courant than a robot museum? How about a robot museum that is itself built by robots? That’s apparently what South Korea is planning to do.
Coming soon to the Seeking Delphi™ podcast–Your Personal Future, with Verne Wheelright, a preview of the 2019 Undoing Aging conference with Aubrey de Grey, and a discussion with David Wood on his latest book, Sustainable Superabundance: A Universal Transhumanist Invitation.