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A White-Knuckle Ride In Google-Driven Car (Video)

What’s it like to be a passenger in one of Google’s self-driving cars?

Pretty cool! Also, kinda scary!

At least it is in this video Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan shot yesterday outside the TED conference, where the search giant was demoing the project for attendees. It was also implicitly trying to explain, again, why it is exactly that an Internet company is building self-driving cars. But whatever. Check out this video!

And now ask yourself: If push came to shove, and I needed to chase down a drug thug who’d hopped onto the NYC subway, who would I want driving my car–Google? Or Popeye Doyle?

Duh.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work