Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:33 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America's leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work at scale, promises to end mass automobile ownership while drastically reducing car wreck fatalities and auto-related pollution. Meanwhile, Apple bought a company that makes high-end headphones.

Which is to say that Apple's playing checkers while Google plays chess.

For better or worse, this is exactly why many people seem to hold Google in higher regard than they do Apple. Both Apple and Google are rich and wealthy beyond average-person-measure. Now, which company will be liked more: the one that uses said wealth to develop crazy may-or-may -not-work technologies that can change the world at a massively substantial scale, or the one that stuffs $150 billion in shady bank accounts to avoid having to pay taxes?

The more wealth you hoard, the less sympathetic people will be towards you. Unless, of course, you use that wealth in a very public way.

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RE: Interesting
by torp on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 09:37 UTC in reply to "Interesting"
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This is just an Amusement park ride. Google is going to map the earth over and over and over. Street view is one thing but this uses things like he height of signs and curbs etc. Any of that changes and you have issues.

This! Google's self driving is not our idea of self driving. It would simply not function outside the areas they have mapped.
And even if they have the resources to map everything, the real question is how it works in places that have snow (which can reduce a 3 lane road to 1 lane), or ice, or really chaotic traffic, or on the narrow and winding roads of Europe.

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