CE#636: What Happens When Cars Start Talking to Each Other? (Underwire/WIRED)


The cars: They will drive themselves. That’s pretty much a given at this point, thanks to artificial intelligence research at Stanford and elsewhere. And they’ll talk to each other, too — the processes that let our cars go fast and get to where we tell them won’t be centralized. There won’t be a control tower. Software will sort it out among itself.

Now, when independent elements of a group get sets of discrete rules to follow as part of a larger cohort, some predictable flocking behaviors start to emerge. It’s true for birds, fish, robot cockroaches and democracies. And I think it’s going to be true for cars, too. What might that mean on the highway? Click the video.

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