In a Classic Star Trek episode (or was it the Wrath of Khan movie?), Khan betrays a 2-dimensional thinking – people don’t fly naturally – we pretty much travel in 2 dimensions, at least on land (our natural habitat.) I believe that human beings will be better than man-made devices at getting from point A to B while avoiding collisions for a long time, yet.
Even humans have trouble navigating in 2-D (have you tried walking through a busy shopping mall?) I’ve never (at least since I became an adult) been able to accept the notion of cars flying along 3-D air highways (ala Star Wars Episode 2 or The Jetsons) – the whole thing seems disaster prone. You can put as many regulations in place as you want – there will still be problems (think of how many rules and devices we have in our current traffic and how many accidents still occur.)
I’m afraid I’ve seen enough human error both on the road AND in computing that I have little faith in our ability to create truly safe autonomous vehicles (and no, a distracted, unfocused human is NOT a good failsafe if the computer suddenly determines that it’s not up to the task.)
But still, we will move forward INTO THE FUTURE. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for commercial drone traffic to be a real problem, too. No matter how hard you try, you can’t outlaw mistakes.
This week’s Smashwords coupon is for More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND – my second short story collection, which contains the following:
“Sasqwhat?” – Sometimes, you don’t know what you’re made of until it’s staring you in the face…
“The View From Up Here” – Talking to yourself can be something quite different when you’re possessed of two minds.
“Inheritance” – When Amun discovers that his family is connected to power, wealth and infamy, he enlists a friend to help him get his share. But does he really want the ancient inheritance that’s coming to him?
“The Human Interface” – Customer support can be Heaven, but most of us remember when it’s like – the other place. Keep your cool; stick to the script and remember, people don’t always have control of themselves.
“Riding the Devil” – With his town running from one strange frontier to another as they elude their abductors, Aaron Walker is forced to risk all to fulfill his destiny.
“Last Call” – Where would you want to be at the end of days?
Use coupon code DP84A to get an additional 67% off the newly reduced cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until October 8th. Here’s the link:
My next release will be “Hard Times” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #6); I still have to format and create cover. Release date is October 21st.
William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Killing Them Softly”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
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• His site on WordPress: https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
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• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri