We expect the advent of autonomous vehicles to make us feel like we are living in nirvana. Ok. Maybe not nirvana, but it should lead to the elimination of car crashes. After all 94% of all car crashes are the result of driver error.
Yesterday, we touched on the new tractors that Tesla is developing. The Tesla Semi incorporates what they call “Enhanced Autopilot” – the same sort of stuff that exists in Tesla cars. This means the rig is loaded with cameras and radar- and those devices let it determine what is the traffic flow, how to safely change lanes- and, most importantly, how to pull over into a controlled sop should the driver fall asleep or become incapacitated (via a heart attack or something similar.)
I have always had an enamored view of truck-drivers. Since I was a little boy. Back then, there really were no interstate highways. And, my family would travel the roads (yes, late at night- that’s how I learned that was the best time to travel). And, when we wanted to pass a slow-moving truck, my dad would double-flash his brights (bright lights) to inform the vehicle of our attempt. And, when we were in front of the truck, ready to return to our lane, the truck driver would double-beam my dad, letting him know that he was absolutely clear of the vehicle.
Last Friday, we found out that we still don’t have the genetic cause of asthma defined. But, the condition itself- that we know a lot about. After all, with some 44000 asthma attacks- EACH AND EVERY DAY in the US alone, it’s pretty clear someone ought to know what’s going on.
It’s hard to believe that just 1 year ago, I (and about 149 of my fellow congregants) were traipsing about Selma, Alabama. In an essay to recreate for ourselves and our children the march from Selma to Montgomery that happened some (now) 53 years ago.
So, I’m sitting here, almost breathing normally. (Trust me, my normal breathing is when you feel you are struggling for breath.) Having escaped 14 months without a visit from Streptococcus pneumomiae, my “friend” came for an extended stay. Given the fact that I was born with a compromised respiratory system, such diseases are the norm.