Comic 609 - Heavy metal rolling..

9th Aug 2012, 8:18 PM
Heavy metal rolling..
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)

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Centcomm 10th Aug 2012, 5:17 PM edit delete
WOOOO 35 subs *gleeee* thank you all you guys are awesome !
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plymayer 9th Aug 2012, 8:52 PM edit delete reply

Cars should have auto navigation by now.
Centcomm 9th Aug 2012, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

It does.. :D
Tokyo Rose 9th Aug 2012, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

If you mean in 2012: Hell yes they should.
If you mean in the comic: Hell yes they do. :D
Marcus Ramesy 9th Aug 2012, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

we do have cars with auto nav.. they just havnt made it to the civilian sector yet.. the google cars are a perfect example.. :P
Centcomm 10th Aug 2012, 5:03 AM edit delete reply

Yes, but would you trust it on its own?
Marcus Ramesy 10th Aug 2012, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

of course I would trust it.. its google... google never lies... *smirks* and.. I for one .. welcome our new computer overlords..
cattservant 12th Aug 2012, 8:58 PM edit delete reply

How many auto recalls have you heard about this year so far?
Aaror 6th Feb 2013, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Right now car accidents are the leading cause of death under 45. Conservative estimates of what an auto-drive could do if in all cars by 2020 would be about 80% less vehicle deaths. Sure, there will be machine malfunctions that kill folks, but a lot less than the number of human mistakes that kill folks...
Centcomm 6th Feb 2013, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

yup I totally agree. :D
velvetsanity 10th Apr 2013, 11:21 AM edit delete reply

I see one major problem with that: as it currently stands, humanity is rapidly approaching the planetary population limit. It's only a matter of time before we have an average of one person per square meter of land surface.

We NEED to work on space programs and finding other bottles to start filling.
Stormwind13 8th Oct 2013, 6:58 AM edit delete reply

Actually according to the population density measures I could find, here, the planet as a whole is under 55 persons per square kilometer.

Now if you go with the physiological density there are places that are WAY over their limit; however, the world itself isn't there yet with a total of 325 persons per square kilometer of ARABLE land (found here).

You make a good point though velvet, that something needs to be done before the limit is reached and the world totally collapses from the inability to produce enough food to keep the population alive. If we invested in orbital habitats to produce food though, you could cram even more folks on the ground. But that won't solve the real problem, too little individual space for humanity.

The best solution would be to invest in more exploration, both space and undersea. Humankind has always been explorers and our planet is running out of things TO explore for the individual. A restless population unable to get away from the rest of humanity tends to lead to more conflict. And that restlessness manifest itself in violence instead of exploration when there is nothing to explore.
Computant 10th Aug 2016, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Regarding the population issue, outside the equatorial zone we have net negative population growth. The equatorial zone numbers are also falling, and the projections I saw suggested we would "peak" at 9 billion people, then begin to actually lose population.
Granted, advances in medical science could change that in the short run, but letting someone who would have died at 70 live to 100 will not create more kids.
The key is apparently the education of women. When women feel like they are something more than baby factories, they have fewer babies, whoda thunk?
GhostRider 10th Nov 2015, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Auto-drive is just fine. Until we wind up with a Skynet situation. Then your Camaro will try to murder you and spit awesome one liners
plymayer 10th Aug 2012, 1:01 AM edit delete reply

I was thinking 2012. I understood they do in the comic.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2012, 5:02 AM edit delete reply

Kinda thought you did :D
Rashala 9th Aug 2012, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

Yes but The future Smart cars and Autonav Have a Smart ass setting it seems ;)

*also Slips Tokyo Rose an encrypted data packet *
Centcomm 10th Aug 2012, 5:02 AM edit delete reply

Yep - most of them do :D
Marcus Ramesy 10th Aug 2012, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

this is part of the reason I have yet to install a computer in to my car... the potential to become self aware and become a smart as.. and locking me out of my car.. or refusing to activate the breaks in time.. kinda skerry
velvetsanity 10th Apr 2013, 11:23 AM edit delete reply

You don't want your car to be run by JARVIS? :D

(yes, I'm hearing the HEMTT's AI in JARVIS's voice)
Stormwind13 8th Oct 2013, 6:35 AM edit delete reply

Marcus, Marcus, Marcus... You don't want KITT running your life? What? :-D

Maybe because you like blowing things up, beating them up or just shooting them you are afraid your attitude will get picked up by the computer? I'm sorry Marcus, I can't do that. Says the glowing red eye from the dashboard. :-D
Speedy Marsh 25th Oct 2016, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
KITT was the first Cylon.
CyberSkull 10th Aug 2012, 8:29 AM edit delete reply

Was that eyepatch applied later in Photoshop?
Centcomm 10th Aug 2012, 8:43 AM edit delete reply

Nope, its a "physical" object.
CyberSkull 10th Aug 2012, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

I was just wondering, because it is really black.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2012, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

Yep its a totally matte material - almost no reflections at all and the soft indirect light in these really makes it look even blacker >_<
cattservant 12th Aug 2012, 9:00 PM edit delete reply

Is it just cosmetic or is it 'bionic'?
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