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Podcast for 25 March 2018
« on: March 25, 2018, 06:00:01 PM »


Co-Host: John Petersen

News of the Bogus:
12:07 - Biggest Bogon Emitter: The News Media https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-selfdriving-uber/self-driving-uber-car-kills-arizona-woman-crossing-street-idUSKBN1GV296
18:13 - Idiot Extraordinaire: Romania https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/16/romanian-court-tells-man-he-is-not-alive

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Re: Podcast for 25 March 2018
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2018, 04:22:55 PM »
Actually, self-driving cars have been in development and testing for about 50 years, starting back in the heyday of SAIL.  They had a van with an extra 4-cylinder engine installed in the back to drive the generator that powered the PDP-11 they also put in.  (A PDP-11 was about as good as it got for installing in a vehicle in those days, before microprocessors.  It's main advantages were it could be put inside the back of a van, something not usually feasible for 1960's computers of useful power, and the unusual design of the expansion bus allowed a large number of external interfaces with a simple interrupt priority to be added to it, just the kind of thing needed.)  It never got beyond a test track, but being able to get a 1960's era PDP-11 to operate a vehicle AT ALL was pretty good.