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Electric car confusion

Autoblog titles: The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost. The point they want to make is:

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that “Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard.” People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting.


Yet, while companies like Google and Apple are giving up on making cars, they’re not giving up on the auto industry. There is another area where Silicon Valley could play a dominant role and it’s all about accessing car-based data.

It’s about the margins – making a thing gives you around 10% markup, making things out of data gives you much, much higher margins. This also frames the current discussions about privacy within the German government, and who is to own your data (hint: not you), especially when you drive.

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The next bond film…

My WhatsApp said:

The next Bond is with Gillian Anderson as Bond. And she’s got to neutralize the misogynistic US president, who deserted to the Russians.



Before Code, there was the Codex

Nautilus has an article by Philip Auerswald, Author of The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand-Year History. Auerswald tries to tie our current practice of crystallising rules in Code back to the Codexes and Recipes of older times, and sees our civilisation as a system of dealing with complexity by packaging and encapsulating it. According to Auerswald, running Code on machines is new, previously we have been running it on humans:

“Code” as I intend it incorporates elements of computer code, genetic code, cryptologic code, and other forms as well. But, as I describe in my book The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History, published this year, it also stands as its own concept—the algorithms that guide production in the economy—for which no adequate word yet exists. Code can include instructions we follow consciously and purposively, and those we follow unconsciously and intuitively.

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Magic circles banning autonomous cars

Trapping Autonomous Cars

Somebody sent me a link to Vice withe the comment “A multiple hit in the Venn Diagram of your interests”.

It’s about an artist using technology disguised as ritual magic to trap self-driving cars (and similar shenanigans). The assessent was correct, this is beautiful.

The image from the article shown above shows a self-driving car inside fake street markings. The broken lines allow the cars logic to enter the circle, the unbroken linkes mark a demarcation that must not be crossed, hence the car can never leave.

It ties back to a story my driving instructor told me. He was making a point about “How things are being presented matters”, relating about a beginners driver who had been told to imagine unbroken lines as a “wall that cannot be crossed” and who because of that had problems – sometimes rules must be broken to preserve their meaning and spirit.