Originally Posted by snoball
They already have self-driving cars so that will make things even more dangerous, especially when one component malfunctions.
Well pretty much all jet airliners are already basically self-driving (most of the time) and they never fall asleep like the overworked pilots do. The Boeing 737 Max 8 is a recent bad example but most of the others work very, very well... I don't hardly agree with everything that Elon Musk says, but I do agree with what he said about self-driving cars: they are probably better than some drivers already (over the ranges that Teslas can self-drive, which is not everywhere yet) and the self-driving cars will only get better in the future. Meanwhile, people are still making the same dumb mistakes as always. --In fat, with mobile phones/texting, they have invented an entirely new
driving distraction, on top of all the old ones...
Someday there will be different drivers licenses, based on if you want to manually drive the car in traffic or not. There will be people who will buy cars so that they can go wherever they want whenever they want, but who will almost always
use the self-driving feature. They will only bother with driving the car themselves when they must--in those situations where the car can't figure things out on its own. And in typical urban/suburban/highway driving, those situations are going to become very
Originally Posted by AllisonR
What do the spambots want? To post about their wonderful products?
Yea... web links are worth real-actual-money, if you can control lots and lots of them. Valid email accounts too.
The dark underside of search engine optimization is when you pay somebody to go out online and post as many links back to your website page, from anywhere that they can. There is heavily-automated software to help them do this, and one person can make hundreds of posts a day with very few keystrokes. And there are thousands of businesses with dozens of people doing this, in multiple shifts, around the clock.
Nowadays there is also a huge market in scamming product ratings, as well as online retailer ratings. "Reviews from satisfied purchasers" was found to be a big influence in how people shopped online, so now there are armies of people that you can pay to help generate fake reviews--and you can get good reviews of your product, and/or bad reviews of someone else's product.