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[3]: Comment by kwan_e
by unclefester on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 09:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e"
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I'm sure that some Americans will argue that cars are a constitutionally protected 'weapon' necessary to prevent a Russian/Chinese/Cuban/British/New Zealand/etc invasion.

[Nearly 400,000 Americans have died in car crashes since 1899. This is more than those who died from combat in WW1 and WW2 combined.]

As for me I now find driving to be a total PITA. Bring on the driverless car.

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