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: the future?
by oiaohm on Thu 21st Nov 2013 01:30 UTC in reply to "the future?"
oiaohm
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"the future is peeking into the present here


So, this is the future? Pfft. I want robotic homemakers, space cruisers, flying cars! That was the future that was promised us in the '80s.. Who cares about scratches when, after a day of work, one has to drive for 2 hours in a giant traffic jam only to find out he needs a shirt ironed?
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2316679/The-shirt-we...

biffuz You need to iron shirts?? Really that funny one. Took long enough we are now seeing natural min washing and iron free shirts on the market. There have been iron free shirts for a long time in pure synthetics recent years closer to natural materials. The scary idea is 100 days between washing. I don't want to consider the disease load that could be on some of these future shirts.

biffuz what I am missing is iron free cargo style pants.

Yes my shirts are up in the 100 dollar USD range. I have iron free dress pants as well. So for me its mostly washing, drying, hanging and folding. Ironing is not part of my life except on the odd times I go fancy.

biffuz a self driving car would be useful. So in traffic jams I could be working on other things.

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RE[2]: the future?
by Alfman on Thu 21st Nov 2013 04:03 in reply to "RE: the future?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

oiaohm,

"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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RE[3]: the future?
by leech on Thu 21st Nov 2013 12:35 in reply to "RE[2]: the future?"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Personally I'd have to hack my car's AI so that sometimes it'd agree with not wanting to take me to work, then we could go on an adventure together.

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