Of Course I Want a Self-Driving Car

Bring on the self-driving cars. I’ll be at the front of the line.


(Via AdAge.comA Gallup poll recently released…shows that plenty of Americans are still freaked out by the concept (or a self-driving car). Fifty-four percent of the U.S. respondents say they’re unlikely to use self-driving cars, according to “Americans Hit the Brakes on Self-Driving Cars,” which was released last week. The findings came from a larger Northeastern University/Gallup survey of Americans’ attitudes on artificial intelligence. People ages 66 and older have the greatest resistance, not surprisingly, with 69 percent saying they’re unlikely to use self-driving cars. Acceptance grows the younger the generation. People ages 18 to 35 are fairly split at 36 percent likely and 41 percent unlikely.


Are they kidding? When the reality of self-driving cars replaces the vehicles imagined by these surveyed older people, they will view self-driving cars as a means to retain their independence and freedom.

I recall that when my father was in his late 70s and still driving, he was in a wreck and had his driver’s license taken away. As driving back and forth to a gym was the central focus of his routine, he was determined to regain his license, or, more accurately, his independence.

This was not a goal anyone else endorsed. He had never been a good driver. For example, he never figured out that cars had side-view mirrors that could be used when changing lanes on an interstate highway. He just changed lanes when he felt it was time to change lanes.

But somehow, he was able to pass a drivers test and regained his license for a while, at least.

Autonomous autos have the potential of providing more mobility to older people or people with vision problems, even blindness, or people like me who hate to drive so much I ride a bike whenever possible.

Here’s a 360-degree video that Alphabet’s Waymo posted on YouTube today that is trying to persuade the masses that self-driving cars will be a lot less scary after we get to ride around in them. I can’t wait.

Snap!

When something doesn’t make sense, there’s a reason. Unless there isn’t.

Yesterday, Kylie Jenner tweeted that she hasn’t used Snapchap lately and, poof, the market-cap of Snap drops by $1.3 billion. (Today it’s market cap is around $20 billion.)

While that may not be as dramatic a swing as you’d witness during a typical hour of, say, Bitcoin, it makes me recall when MySapce was worth $12 billion.

Just saying.

Convenience is Boring

Not exactly sure if I agree, but it’s too convenient to pass up.

Not exactly sure if I agree, but it’s too convenient to pass up.

From: “The Tyranny of Convenience” by Tim Wu. New York Times, 2/16/2018

Quote:

“Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today…Convenience is boring. But boring is not the same thing as trivial…The paradoxical truth I’m driving at is that today’s technologies of individualization are technologies of mass individualization. Customization can be surprisingly homogenizing. (Nearly everyone is on Facebook.) It is the most convenient way to keep track of your friends and family, who in theory should represent what is unique about you and your life. Yet Facebook seems to make us all the same. Its format and conventions strip us of all but the most superficial expressions of individuality, such as which particular photo of a beach or mountain range we select as our background image.”


Photo | Julie Clopper | iStock

Marcus Mariota to Marcus Mariota

Dear future Rex, remember that Titans game?

Dear future Rex,

I’m embedding the video below so that you can find it one day when watching Titan highlights becomes your primary pasttime.

I won’t forgive if you can’t recall it was 2018 (the 2017 season) when Marcus Mariota did something quarterbacks are trained not to do (be lead blockers for a Heisman Trophy-winning running back) and another something quaterbacks could train for their entire lives, and not have happen: throw themselves a touch-down pass.

Also, it was that year when the Titans squeaked into the play-offs and won this first-round game against the Chiefs.

As these two plays are much better seen than explained, here goes:

Your pal from 2018,

Rex

@R TV Review | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I didn’t watch the Golden Globe Awards last night. Come to think of it, I’ve never watched the Golden Globe Awards.

However, I was glad to learn that my favorite TV comedy or musical of the year, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical.

Even better, Rachel Brosnahan, the incredible actress who plays Midge Maisel, won the Golden Globe award for best actress in a leading role.

Here’s the trailer for the pilot of the series. While great, the series really gets its wheels about mid-way through the second season.