A Console is a Hard Drive with Games on it!

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I saw this blog posted on Digg and thought I'd put it up here for folks to wince at. It concerns a television show named "Life" that recently had a segment involving Prince of Persia. As usual, the mass media's depiction of videogames is inaccurate, to say the least. Scroll down to see the actual YouTube.

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Bill Loguidice
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My guess is that robots will be far more graceful and useful than a human body, maybe with more appendages or what-not. While most robots are made for a specific job, I can imagine a more versatile unit. I can certainly see something based on an ant's form, which is quite strong and stable given its size. Be nice to have a bot that could take me places without my having to pay any attention.

That's a personal dream of mine. I can't tell you how much time I spend in the car driving back and forth to work. It really takes it toll on my energy levels and motivation. If I could siesta while my car drove, it would be perfect. That WILL happen someday, but maybe not in our lifetimes (another sad thought)...



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That's a personal dream of mine. I can't tell you how much time I spend in the car driving back and forth to work. It really takes it toll on my energy levels and motivation. If I could siesta while my car drove, it would be perfect. That WILL happen someday, but maybe not in our lifetimes (another sad thought)...

Not to sound facetious, but I suppose there are chauffeurs and taxis, though these aren't realistic for anyone but the very rich. I would be happy enough with decent public transportation system, but outside of major cities--well, you know it's all terribly inconvenient. I know I should probably just relax, but I get very aggravated waiting at stoplights and dealing with traffic. It's so horribly inefficient; I'm really angry that we don't have a better way to get around in 2007. I expected more; where's my personal helicopter? I guess some kind of teleporter system is downright science fiction; at least, I haven't heard anyone seriously talking about it. And don't even get me started on the pathetic airline systems. In my opinion, the government should have LONG AGO stopped subsidizing those nincompoops and let them go out of business. This would allow some sensible, profit-minded people to step in and actually improve the system. Instead, the government keeps stepping in with our tax dollars to put a band-aid on that sorry mess. I swear, has the airline industry changed since the early 1970s at all? Oh, yeah, they got more expensive. Imagine if buses or passenger trains tried to operate like that!

If I were in charge of the airline industry, I'd dump all the security crap, get rid of the first class nonsense, and operate it as smoothly as I could for everyone involved. Who needs stewardesses? Hell, put a coke machine in there and be done with it. Ah, a little common sense would go a long way.

Anyway, I think it'd be great to hop in your car, punch in the address (or select it from a menu), and kick back. To my mind it'd probably be much safer than dealing with all the idiots on the road. Last night we had a snowstorm, and idiots were tailgating me and trying to hit 70 on unplowed roads (in small cars, no less). I just hope that when those idiots wreck, they only kill themselves and not any innocents on the road with them.

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It's funny you mention that, as it was snowy/rainy/slick here in New Jersey today, and as we were driving to our destinations, we noticed many accidents. Of course when we get to a stop light, someone rear ends us. Luckily no one was hurt (other than the cars), but I bet in an automated system, that would have never happened, as there would always be a calculably stoppable distance between cars.



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I love Back to the Future's idea of 2015. After all it's meant to be a comedy. The Doc remarks that he wishes the post office is still less efficient than the weather service (which apparently can stop the rain and bring out the sunshine at any time.)

Another neat vision of the future is in Gattaca, where the world looks like a 1940's film noir.

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