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My Mother the Robot Car

Robotics is going to turn some kind of corner in the next few years, pushing robots further & faster up the capability pyramid, and rendering even more citizens effectively useless for any practical purpose.  I keep seeing harbingers.  Here are a couple from the automotive front.  Here is a self-driving VW Golf.

And this is from a friend at Stanford:

“Stanford’s DARPA challenge winning, fully automatic car is a major milestone in the history of robotics and AI. The next challenge is street driving in Palo Alto, the DARPA Urban Challenge. 

“Stanley, Stanford University’s Robot Car – DARPA Grand Winner

How It Works: 132 miles. 23 vehicles. 0 drivers. Stanley, a VW Touareg, wins the race of the century (so far).”

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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