Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Nov 2013 12:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Remember the curved phone from LG, the LG G Flex? There's actually truth to its name. Not only does the back cover 'heal' from scratches, the phone itself is actually, honest-to-god flexible. It bends without breaking or damaging the phone. So yes, this device may look silly - but the future is peeking into the present here. Quite amazing.

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RE[2]: the future?
by Alfman on Thu 21st Nov 2013 04:03 UTC in reply to "RE: the future?"
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"biffuz a self driving car would be useful. So in traffic jams I could be working on other things."

In the future it would probably be nerve-racking (for someone from the present) to watch AI cars operate at precise margins that would be considered reckless for humans. Ironically the fact that AI cars would need to share the roads with human drivers today makes the AI problem more difficult.

Self driving cars would likely eliminate most causes of accidents (human error). Assuming AI cars didn't have to share the roads, even bumper to bumper traffic at high speeds could be safe. Not only would it potentially double or triple the capacity of existing roadways (increasing traffic bandwidth), but it would increase fuel efficiencies caused by wind drag and eliminating systematic speed oscillations that are common with human drivers who have difficulty pacing themselves according to traffic.

At the extreme end, theoretically it's possible to have stop-less intersections where AI cars are spaced out such that they can weave through each other while maintaining speed, again increasing efficiencies. Although at this point you need very high confidence in a car's reliability for it to be safe.

A failing car could broadcast a danger beacon to alert other cars about it's condition. A further protection might be to have other cars recognize erratic behavior and/or beacon-less cars and broadcast a 2nd party fault beacon so others are aware of it too. The AI cars could share data with their obstructed peers to increase sensory range & reaction times.

Edited 2013-11-21 04:05 UTC

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