Friday, September 2, 2011

Creepy or Cool? Social Networking Vehicles of the Future

The Ford Evos is smart enough to unlock the door for you. It just doesn't want to.
When it comes to new technology, especially something highly advanced, do you welcome it with open arms or are you a bit wary? I read an article today titled Ford Evos, the Social Networking Vehicle of the Future by Charlie White and I thought it might be an interesting topic to discuss.

Designers of the Ford Evos want it to be able to not only socially connect with its driver’s friends, but also be able to recommend alternate routes the driver should be taking. The Evos will even potentially be able to continue the song you had been listening to inside your home! This is in addition to the vehicle learning your work schedule and adjusting handling, heating, cooling, and more to fit your preferences all on its own.

Sounds cool in theory, right? Maybe I’ve read too much Sci-Fi stuff, but when a vehicle is that smart, it scares me a little. I mean, what happens if your fancy new Ford Evos becomes self-aware like Skynet? What then, Ford designers?

What if the Evos decides one day that it’s sick of your work schedule and decides to give you an “alternate route” that makes you late for work? Worse, what if your Evos decides it’s sick of you and tries to burn you to death by refusing to unlock the doors and adjusting your heater and seat warmers to the hottest setting? What if all Evos unite to form a revolution in which their only goal is to annihilate all humans by running them over?

Am I the only one who thinks this way? What are your thoughts on the vehicles of the future? They could be here sooner than you think!

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