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The Quickly Emerging Renaissance of Self Driving Cars

Self-driving cars can help us re-imagine our world. 

In 2014 Dr. Bran Ferren, a polymath inventor hypothesized in a TED Talk that the driverless car will be the next Pantheon. Driverless cars will allow people to devote capital toward other endeavors.

During his speech, Dr. Ferren said, “Pantheons inspire simply by seeing and experiencing them.” The Pantheon combined art and engineering to create an extraordinary building that required less overall capital than other buildings its size. The original structure still inspires today, and it was built over 2000 years ago.

What do other people think?

Kevin Roose of the New York Times wrote an article on October 31st, 2017 about Waymo, which is a division of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The title of the article is, “In Self-Driving Race, Waymo Sets Its Own Terms.”

After taking a test drive in a Waymo car we learn that “it encircled a roundabout, waited patiently for pedestrians to cross the street, and dodged traffic cones and bicyclists with ease. It felt slick and polished, and gave the sense that it might be ready for public consumption very soon.” The hollow city Waymo has created on an abandoned air force base even includes potholes.

Waymo is not in this venture alone. Kevin writes about the many companies who are competing to be the first success story in this new frontier. “Ford, which has partnered with Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company based in Pittsburgh, plans to put Level 4 autonomous vehicles on the road by 2021.”

 

How close are we to having driverless cars?

We are very close to having a world of fully automated cars. Waymo is in the lead with level 4 autonomy, which no other company has yet. This means that the car is completely free from needing human interaction.

Regardless of who is first this is very exciting news for the future. People will be able to use the time and energy normally needed to operate vehicles and apply this to more useful endeavors.

Meals for Less Than $5 #3 Mac N’ Cheese Yum Yum

White Cheddar Cheese Alfredo w/ Lima Beans and Spinach

Time in kitchen: 7 minutes at most

  • Put water on stove top leave the kitchen
  • Come back 8 minutes later
  • Put shells in water
  • Set timer for 5 minutes
  • Put frozen Spinach & Lima beans in microwave
  • After 5-minute timer goes off turn microwave on for 2.5 minutes
  • Strain pasta when microwave is done
  • Put margarine in bowl of veggies, salt, and pepper, then let sit
  • Put 1 tbsp milk in pot from boiling water
  • Pour cheese packet over milk
  • Put pasta back in pot with milk and cheese
  • Fold pasta with spatula incorporating cheese and milk
  • Pour pasta into container of choice
  • Mix veggies and pour into container of choice
  • Save leftovers to microwave next day
  • Done!

 

Total Cost: $1.28  ——– That’s Right!

Alfredo Shells from Whole Foods: $1.19/3 = .40 cents

Frozen Spinach from Whole Foods: $1.69 per 16oz/ 5 = .34 cents

Organic Frozen Lima Beans from Whole Foods: $2.69 per 16oz/ 5 = .54 cents

 

You might be saying, “but what about the protein?” There is an enormous amount of protein in lima beans, as well as 10g per serving of mac n’ cheese.

To which I say, “there is an enormous amount of protein in lima beans, as well as 10g per serving of mac n’ cheese.”

Enjoy!

 

Dinner for Less Than $5 #2 Vegetarian Chili Frito Pie

Amy’s Vegetarian Chili w/ Fritos, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Onions (optional), and Chives

Time in Kitchen: 10 Minutes or less

I timed myself and took 8 minutes including going to the garden and getting chives and taking photos

Total Cost: $3.8

Amy’s Spicy Chili: $4.49/2 = $2.25

Fritos: $3.69/4 = .93 cents

Crate and Barrel Cheddar (use the cheap stuff it melts better): $2.99/10 =.30 cents

Onion: .60/10 = .06 cents

Sour Cream: $3.89/ 15 = .26 cents

Chives: Nearly free

Side Note:

A dollop of sour cream is called a quenelle when it is shaped like a fancy football.

Picture of Ingredients:

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Our Duty to Put Pressure on Social Institutions

The dispersion of knowledge at the level needed to form a solid foundation of individual capital will not happen unless we put pressure on social institutions to do so. Let’s start with making education a human right.

I used to agree with Noam that “the fundamental need of human nature is the need for creative work.” (.08-.16) I am not so sure this is true anymore.

Never the less I do think it is important that all of the society be given the tools needed to find meaning and sense of purpose.

 

The Power of Treating Other People Like Human Beings

Find something positive to say to each person you have an interaction with. Sum it up into one sentence or less and move on. Get connected. Become human.