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David Ashton
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Cultural barriers
David Ashton   10/13/2017 9:27:47 PM
Gerrold said: " "The greatest challenge is going to be safeguarding our technology. We need to create hardware, software, and cultural barriers to criminal activities." (My bold) As engineers we are responsible for creating the hardware and software barriers.  They might not be good, but we have done a whole heap better at that  than society as a whole has at creating cultural barriers.  Criminals using technology against the more law-abiding of us (for scamming funds, identities, etc) get off scot free or with a slap on the wrist.  This has to change if we are going to be safe from them.  I'd suggest stocks (and pelt them with rotten tomatoes and eggs) and lashing them (worked in the old days).  But if you have better ideas, list them below.

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Urban fixations
perl_geek   10/10/2017 4:35:42 PM
So many discussions of transport option seem fixated on one form factor - the multi-passenger car., which has all sorts of problems as an electric vehicle. They're also not particularly efficient in high-density situations. Delivery vehicles would be a much better area of concentration. They do a lot of short trips, mostly in crowded areas,  cover a low daily distance, and return to predictable locations, where chargers can be conveniently located. The precedent exists in the history of milk floats (dairy delivery vehicles).  Where and how they run means a major contribution to air pollution. For personal transport, (predominantly single-person trips), the electric moped fits the criteria very well. Effectively single-seaters, though with an occasional-passenger option, they take up very little space, (mostly largely-unused bicycle lanes when moving), and the typical day's power needs can be easily stored. They have become very noticeable around Toronto, even though the weather here is not favourable for several months per year.

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realjjj   10/10/2017 1:51:05 AM
A thin grid with distributed energy production and storage is the future, the consumer can produce the energy- and from there you can think of self sufficient homes.

We do transition to car as a service but cars get larger. The consumer is not rational, look in your own pocket and ask yourself if a phone that costs 4 times less, wouldn't be enough for your needs. Service providers will be interested in higher ARPU while consumers want the most they can afford. Cars will be focused on comfort, convenience, luxury so the cabin gets larger. For efficiency we need a new type of vehicle that beats the car and that's a tough nut to crack.

We will use less energy, although that's not very important as renewables will lead to very cheap energy. With glasses we transition away from large displays, maybe the same glasses will enable us to see in the dark and lighting becomes optional.

Corporations and politicians are more dangerous than criminals, with AI rising we can lose free will. But even more risky is the transition from the human species to hybrids. Look at what people do with their bodies today and crazy trends like calf implants or thigh gap. We tend to think of it as just adding compute but the world is more complicated than that and hell knows what kind of weird creatures we become if everybody is free to turn into whatever they wish. The Wolverine to Einstein ratio will be how we measure the sanity of a society- that's a nice title for a novel.

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