Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than Puny Humans | MIT Technology Review
Tests of Google’s autonomous vehicles in California and Nevada suggests they already outperform human drivers.
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So is history indeed about to repeat itself? Those who think not point out that the tech landscape has changed dramatically since the late 1990s. Back then few people were plugged into the internet; today there are 2 billion netizens, many of them in huge new wired markets such as China. A dozen years ago ultra-fast broadband connections were rare; today they are ubiquitous. And last time many start-ups (remember Webvan and Pets.com) had massive ambitions but puny revenues; today web stars such as Groupon, which offers its users online coupons, and Zynga, a social-gaming company, have phenomenal sales and already make respectable profits.
“If much of the Freudian view of the human animal present and past appears to be fairly commonplace today, that is so because for a century much of the respectable world has made its progress toward him,” Dr. Gay wrote in the book’s preface.
adj., -ni·er, -ni·est.
- Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak: a puny physique; puny excuses.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. Sickly; ill.
[Variant of PUISNE.]punily pu'ni·ly adv.
puniness pu'ni·ness n.
A person who is a frequent or habitual user of the Internet.