Driverless Car Adoption Will Be Slow

I am very interested in driverless cars. I think traffic will move faster and more smoothly with them than without. A big problem for today’s cars on busy streets and highways is when cars entering an on-ramp start braking. When that first car brakes, it starts a chain reaction of glacial traffic movement. Combine on-ramp braking with off-ramp traffic mergers and you get more braking that sustain glacial traffic congestion.

Driverless cars can solve that. Vehicles would merge lanes at a sustained speed in synchronous order. The reduction or elimination of braking would spur fluid and continuous traffic flows. The result is you arrive at your destination earlier.

That is one of the big promises of driverless cars. The catch is writing software for a car in which the safety of people are on the line, in real-time, is different than writing programs to be shown on a computer monitor.

Nearly all who write programs produce bugs when engaged in the task. Eventually, the flaws are smoothed away, but the next time the software is enhanced, new bugs may appear.

Operating systems like Android, iOS, Windowd and others need “patches” all the time. Most operating systems over the past 20 years has required patches every year for 20+ years. As the flaws in the systems for driverless cars diminish, confidence in them will improve. Will that be 20 years? I suppose we wait and see.

Meanwhile, it is good advances are being made. It will improve the overall conditions for transportation. Tesla cars are changing the design of vehicles in an appealing way. The cars of the future definitely have much to offer.

http://m.slashdot.org/story/315373/outstanding

NASA Research Open for Access

Finally. Pursuit of new horizons in science, engineering, and technology never ends. Prior, quality research is a significant starting point to strengthen new research outcomes. A young person somewhere will access this over the Internet and one day have a huge impact on society. Another person who has a lifetime of experience in various fields will find that answer they need to turn many false starts into a worthy solution to the challenges of the modern world. Open access makes this possible for more people.

http://m.slashdot.org/story/315075/outstanding

China Leads World Shift to Quantum-based IT

Many naysayers of quantum technology will depart the conversation if the Micius Satellite succeeds. Moore’s Law on computer processors will need revision if quantum tech advance further into the realm of practical use. A new era of technology is coming. We can accelerate its realization in all fields through more intense incentives in open source collaboration among firms and individuals. All hands on deck, time to trigger even greater productivity in the derivative effects of quantum technology.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/16/technology/china-quantum-satellite/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_showcase_pool-test

SoftBank’s ARM is About UK GDP

ARM Holdings changed the world with their ARM processor design. Android devices, iPhone, iPad, Kindle eReader, Samsung Galaxy all made possible with the chip design from ARM. 

Just one problem.

We have learned from the 2008 Financial Crises, investor experience, and employment rate that GDP is not significantly defined by intangibles like processor designs or software systems. They help productivity but not nearly as much as actually tangible goods through and industrial process.

I like software. I have written it. I like computers. Even I can see that in terms of massive job opportunities for and productive exports from a large population, such things don’t scale.

Brexit was made possible because a large number of people lost jobs in the industrial sector. Intangibles could not replace the jobs. Recovering to a better place for more people means accepting that economic activity among most people is centers around the tangibles first. Intangibles work best when paired with industrial production.

The buyers of ARM are accurate in their vision. They will likely be a big part of that. Will it create jobs the scale of the industrial sector? You can definitely say that is not the purpose of the technology or typical arrangements governing its release.

SoftBank made a great deal. ARM exited the scene in the best way possible. This is not the only deal of its kind in recent weeks with MasterCard buying VocaLink. I suspect for the UK this about getting back to basics.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-21/softbank-s-son-says-arm-will-enable-computer-super-intelligence

Army Special Operations Command Ditching Android For iPhone, Says Report – Slashdot

http://m.slashdot.org/story/313877/outstanding … this definitely seems to be a good decision. After years of informal and some professional observation of the technology platforms, Apple is just a better deal overall. The marketing hides the fact that the technology is more consistent, focused, and thoroughly conceived. 

I have Android devices. They cost less but every Android device I got has battery issues, web connectivity issues, and doesn’t function as smooth as Apple devices. Most apps on Apple are native while most of Android is Java. Java the programming language is more popular, but that hasn’t delivered better quality. Just a lot of “fail fast” scenarios that annoy with constant app updates and evenly distributed glitches.

In a critical scenarios such as those faced by SOCOM, you need the opposite of what Android typically delivers. The term is safety critical software. Books are written on it. NASA and the FAA has articles on the web about it. Critical, demanding software and native code often go hand-in-hand.