“Dramatic technological change may lead to periods in which popular expectations are in flux and may ultimately produce significant changes in popular attitudes.”—Justice Alito’s statement in the ruling of United States vs. Jones
“… no single interface will be the panacea. Until we somehow run our computers through thought—and, hey, let’s not rule that out!—we’re unlikely to settle on a single input method for all devices. Computers of the future, like those today, will likely shift gracefully among a host of interfaces”—What Does The Perfect Mobile Interface Look Like? (Don’t Ask Siri) - Farhad Manjoo for Fast Company
“What happens if a police officer wants to pull one of these vehicles over? When it stops at a four-way intersection, would it be too polite to take its turn ahead of aggressive human drivers (or equally polite robots)? What sort of insurance would it need?”—
An all-or-nothing mentality isn’t going to work when it comes to autonomous cars. It’s just going to be another function, like a back-up camera or a navigation system. It won’t be a constant solution. At least, not yet.
@mat nails it. And the same could be said for auto show models, but we don’t have one person to point our fingers at. Regardless, one of my proudest accomplishments is nixing booth babe galleries on Autoblog.
“What’s different about Radiolab (and what I think is changing about the web) is that it *is* a production, just one of a very new kind. Radiolab is actually post-blog and post-livestream. It’s not aping the oratory of old or the raggedness of the new. It’s a hybrid that takes lessons from the past, recent and deep. That’s where I think web journalism is headed, too. “No one wants to read a 9,000-word treatise online,” reads a telling line from Sullivan piece. “On the Web, one-sentence links are as legitimate as thousand-word diatribes—in fact, they are often valued more.”—How ‘Radiolab’ Is Changing the Sound of the Radio - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic (via thisistheverge)
Hey! I’ve been sitting here for 30 minutes. The major parallel between CES and NAIAS: Both feature overfed, self-important journalists. Surprise!
Also, the auto PR ladies have it way easier than tech PR. No real explanation needed.
We’ve been watching a text exchange on a massive screen for the last 6 minutes. The first message was “I am so hang [sic] over.”
Also, no time stamps.
Lights dimmed! Here we go!
Geoff Day is on stage! Who knew he’d make it out.
Jokes for Geoff “Welcome to the 124th presidential debate!”
Oooooh. Interactive conference. With live tweets appearing on screen. This can’t go well.
"If you’re one of those low-tech people, we like to call them ‘Audi owners’"
And…. Dr. Z is on the stage.
New SL on the stage. I’ll quote Lieberman by saying “It’s like the designers had 20 styling elements and ran out at the doors.”
Dr. Z just flew in from Detroit and boy…
"Just as a smartphone can be more than a phone, a smart vehicle can be more than just transportation."
"Physical space is a scarce resource." This is said in the middle of Nevada…
The digital lifestyle extends to the digital drive style. DRIVE STYLE!
Dr. Z pointing out that you’ll drive a classic car, you aren’t using a classic phone.
Admits to developing vehicles 7 years out and why the tech just can’t keep pace. Hmmmm… Audi said the same thing at last year’s keynote. And Ford at the one before.
Over the air software updates are coming to cars. “Imagine having to go to Google to get your phone updated.”
Second generation mBrace system video.
KID TRACKING! GEO-FENCING! Teenager in video is not pleased.
Freedom of speech. Not just talking to your car but communicating with it…
MB wants to play a Top Gear clip with Clarkson fighting with Linguitronic. BBC said no. Sad Z.
Dr. Z looking at his glass teleprompter looks like he’s staring directly into my soul. I feel The Fear.
SF Embarcadero featured in the interactions video. There’s the ferry building! Mmmmm… Blue Bottle.
Now pimping Car-to-Go. Because everyone should be able to drive a ForTwo just once.
Dear Lord! There was just a pic of Che Guevara with a 3 pointed star on his hat. Camera wasn’t at the ready! Motherfucker!
Now… Freedom of Energy.
"The Republic of Drivers is larger than the Republic of Facebook"
Battery range is an issue. But smart apps that keep you abreast of your charge is helpful. Sure. For now…
"Where my F-Cell peeps? HOLLLLA!"
Fifth bullet point is Freedom of Information. If Dr. Z comes out against SOPA, we all win.
STOP STARING AT ME!
It’s not about promoting automotive abstinence, but automotive intelligence.
Now… more videos.
(If you’re wondering why this isn’t appearing on Autoblog, here’s a hint: fuck)
Crowd-sourcing safety data. The car in front of you skids, you’re alerted in real-time.
Going from automobiles to auto-mobility.
Powered by apps that figure out your specific mobility need.
Going to launch the first pilot project for this program in Germany this year.
The coolest cars are still built in Germany and the U.S. M-B wants to keep its electronic operations in house rather than outsourcing to China.
THE DECLARATION OF AUTOMOTIVE INDEPENDENCE. Should be written on aged parchment. Also, in the blood of Audi executives.
Oh, and final message: Fun to drive.
That’s what turns an appliance into a hot product.
He just quoted the Dec of Independence. “The pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of mobility.”
Why is an auto company at CES? we need to bring together the two worlds.
Does the tech take the fun out of driving? Mercedes would shut down if it was reduced to a commodity (same with every premium brand). “We don’t believe autonomous driving is the final goal.” Switching to autonomous driving on a Kansas freeway should be a choice.
Gary Shapiro, CEA CEO, is on stage. Oh! He asked the last tweet-question.
Banter. Jokes. Awkward laughter.
"I’m a proud auto geek" Dr. Z.
Mentions Silicon Valley office predates Google.
"Changing part of the iPhone is like changing part of the Holy Grail." (budumbum)
Do you think M-B will become a consumer electronics company in the end? Short answer: Not really.
“Does he plan on building a voice activated Spotify interface? He flashes a mischievous smile. “Play me some Coldplay,” he tells the phone. Its small speakers ring out with the opening piano chords of the band’s hit “The Scientist.” “We hacked into it a few weeks ago,” Ek says, with a satisfied nod. “I’m not an inventor. I just want to make things better.”—Spotify’s Daniel Ek: The Most Important Man In Music