Re: TRANSPORTATION: Replacing Cars with Shuttles

Peter C. McCluskey (
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 08:30:10 -0800 ( writes:
>Do such suits pose a cost to automakers? Of course. And I think most pe=
>think they should. One only has two alternatives when approaching produc=
>safety: Private suits and central government regulation. Which is more

Wrong. Reputation is at least as valuable a mechanism as those two.

Your basic point that lawsuits don't stop large innovations is correct - irresponsible lawsuits are almost always aimed at the deep pockets of industries that have already proven successfull, not at the kind of startups that start new industries.

>Now, there IS a quite difficult legal issue buried in here, actually -- o=
>ne we
>recently thrashed about on the extropians lawnode list. What happens whe=
>n the
>software agent at the heart of the guidance system becomes so sophisticat=
>that it is capable of generating goals on its own initiative? I leave th=

Clearly it is important to ask whether holding the agent responsible will affect it's behavior.

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