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By cpeter38 on 2/17/2006 9:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
This is a total monetary black hole for the company that endorses this!

I can imagine MANY scenarios that wouldn't be the fault of the manufacturer. All the U.S. lawyers have to be having wet dreams about this!

The instant the computer is presented with something it wasn't programmed for and it locks up or makes a bad decision, "BOOM goes the Dynamite" ...

By niknik on 2/17/2006 10:47:32 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it's not unlike the thousands (millions?) of lives each day relying on computers/electronics. Fly-by-wire controlled planes, pacemakers, etc.
Heck, we went to the moon with "calculators"... :)

Of course, you won't be relying on Windows XP to drive your car. For each task, you need the proper tools. For this kind of stuff they probably have it covered, with triple redundant systems, or whatever... anyway we're just takling prototypes.

Of course, in the USA, lawyers are already over everything anyway! :)

By cpeter38 on 2/17/2006 2:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
The problem lies with the programming and outside factors(although I would most definitely not want to be legally liable for the hardware). The number of variables and the sheer randomness of human interaction with the programming would be extremely difficult to handle in the best of circumstances.

Adding the U.S. legal environment to the mix is too much unless there is a legal limit to liability (remember, the U.S. legal system awarded Michelle Knepper $1.575 Million from the PHONE COMPANY because she got bad liposuction from a dermatologist. You might ask why the phone company was at fault - answer - they did not check to make sure he was Board Certified when he placed his advertisement in the phone book [and neither did she]).

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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