Page 2 – News Debris For The Week Of March 13th
Unintended Consequences of Autonomous Cars
Over 400,000 people put down a US$1,000 deposit for a Tesla Model 3. And now it’s showtime because that $400M has been used up. Tesla needs another $1.15B to start production. According to Business Insider, the expectation is that “the company plans to produce 5,000 vehicles per week in the fourth quarter of this year to start meeting that demand, then ramp things up to 10,000 vehicles per week sometime next year.”
This is a huge challenge. How well tesla meets the challenge could determine if Tesla is still making cars in 2022. One thing Tesla has going for it, along with other auto makers who offer autonomous modes, is the insurance break. See: “Do you use Tesla’s autopilot? Here’s how you can get an insurance discount.”
Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot are almost 40 percent less likely to get in an accident than are cars not equipped with the feature.
It’s easy to see where this is going. At some point, people will have to be exceptionally well off financially to afford the insurance for a car they drive themselves.
More and more, a company that uses AI to make additional money will determine your choices and behavior. See page one.
The same effect is going to apply to medicine. IBM’s Watson is very much involved in correlating medical facts. “IBM Watson to bring AI to brain bleed detection.” It’s easy to imagine a time when your smartwatch or your AirPods report your eating and exercise habits to an AI. And whether you smoke. In turn, the AI sends your health insurance company the analysis that determines your variable monthly premium. Or else, Watson just has a chat with your insurer.
I have what I think is a terrific podcast called Background Mode. So I appreciated Jason Snell’s perspectives on: “What’s Apple’s next chapter in podcasting?” Recently, Jason was on Background Mode, and we had a good time.
Why do security exploits keep coming in waves? Why can’t the technology companies get a handle on and then reduce to zero potential exploits? It’s because new features just keep coming and coming. It’s part of the competitive landscape. Case in point. “MacBook Pro Touch Bar: cool effects, worryingly easy to hack.”
Finally, the Parallels blog wanted to get a better handle on Macs in the workplace. “In our latest research, we wanted to understand the usage and growth of incoming Mac devices, the advantages of incorporating Mac, and how IT pros perceive support and management of Apple computers.” Here’s the entry point: “Mac in the Workplace – Myth and Reality.”
The above suggests a future still looking pretty good for the Mac. Why would Apple let its Mac lineup become “… a showcase of old technology” ?
Apple could easily wow us in 2017. We’re so hungry for new Macs.
Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page one) followed on page two by a
discussion of articles that didn’t make the tmo headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holidays.