Source: The Atlantic
quote: If you told a biplane pilot in WW1 that it might be a good idea to have the plane be able to fly itself, he might think its a good idea in theory, but bloody impossible in principle. He probably would laugh at the notion of it actually being possible. If the idea ended there, then we wouldn't have autopilots on modern aircraft.
quote: You seem to want to turn this into some sort of "pro-autocar" vs. "anti-autocar," fight.
quote: The difference is I am willing to accept there are possibilities and they are worth considering.
quote: Well maybe if you explained first computers and GPS and modern avionics, he would have a more firm grasp on the autopilot concept. Also explain to him that it just holds a speed and course, not actually "flies" the plane. But I digress, this is another stupid analogy. The idea of a self-driving car isn't some super futuristic mind-blowing idea!
quote: Well yes, that's generally step #1 of any discussion I enter :) Divide and conquer!
quote: I already did that though. The difference is I applied realism, logic, and common sense. It's a radical concept called "critical thinking".
quote: Also explain to him that it just holds a speed and course, not actually "flies" the plane.