Sep
08
2012

Well, I suppose that flying cars were probably not a good idea anyway.

Also… yeah.

But think about this example: somebody sat down and wrote a book recently on his computer; he sent it into a major e-publishing company and offered it for sale. Meanwhile, I participated in an affiliate program with that same company which provided me with fully taxable revenue in exchange for link placement on my site; the resulting revenue stream allowed me to purchase that book mentioned in the previous sentence, and have it downloaded to one of my four e-book readers for later perusal. A perfectly normal bit of commerce… until you remember that you couldn’t actually do this six years ago.  There was the Amazon affiliate program, but the Kindle didn’t launch until 2007 and the e-publishing thing didn’t start getting legs until about 2010 or so (which, not even close to coincidentally,  is when you started seeing real alternatives to the Kindle*).

Welcome to the future.  And remember: flying cars means flying drunk drivers.

Moe Lane

*Amazing how efficiently and usefully that entire “market forces” thing seems to work, huh?

5 Comments

  • David Lentz says:

    I expect that flying cars will never escape out of the Jetsons Lift require lots of energy and flight navigation is much more complicated that surface navigation.

    Now what might work, it a Jetson style car, sans wheels on a smart road. Program your destination and leave the driving to the gray box.

  • Shawn says:

    Two weeks to the Baldur’s Gate re-release, BTW. 😉

  • Michael N. says:

    I think we’re unlikely to see independently-piloted flying cars, but I can definitely imagine circumstances where autonomous flying cars might work. Smart roads would be a possibility, but GPS capabilities for over-water operation could be useful, too.

  • Mija 'acat' Cat says:

    Not going to go look for it, but saw something about Cali issuing licenses to self-driving cars…. On Drudge a couple weeks back.

    The Google gurus were involved.

    Mew

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