Gibsonian



If only it had a blue light...

Btw, saw a news item on BBC about a protest by Moscow auto owners, against the abuses of cars with those blue lights (they showed a small clip of a car passing a bunch of autos by getting into the opposite lane, lights ablaze). They hung out a white hankerchief off their car windows.
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Originally posted by DataMojo:
Almost a quarter mil, in greenbacks...


But if you have REAL money, you could always get the Parmigiani Bugatti 370 which was designed before the Cabestan.




And which sells for about the same price, but buying one without actually owning a Bugatti Veyron seems pretentious. The 250mph Veyron, of course, sells for $1.5million (more or less).



LN


"About ten minutes into Blade Runner, I reeled out of the theater in complete despair over its visual brilliance and its similarity to the "look" of Neuromancer, my [then] largely unwritten first novel. Not only had I been beaten to the semiotic punch, but this damned movie looked better than the images in my head! With time, as I got over that, I started to take a certain delight in the way the film began to affect the way the world looked. Club fashions, at first, then rock videos, finally even architecture. Amazing! A science fiction movie affecting reality!"

'Willis Corto, Colonel, had plummeted through a blind spot in the Russian defenses over Kirensk. The shuttles had created the hole with pulse bombs, and Corto's team had dropped in in Nightwing microlights, their wings snapping taut in moonlight, reflected in jags of silver along the rivers Angara and Podhamennaya, the last light Corto would see for fifteen months. Case tried to imagine the microlights blossoming out of their launch capsules, high above a frozen steppe.'
China demonstrates driverless car.

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The vehicle in question was a specially modified version of FAW's Hongqi (Red Flag) HQ3 sedan, which was unveiled last year as a concept and bears a startling resemblance to the Toyota Crown Majesta, not to mention an older Hyundai XG350.

FAW tested the driverless sedan at speeds of up to 37 mph but said the car can actually reach a top speed of 93 mph. The demonstration took place at the Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo here, according to the Shanghai Daily.

According to the newspaper, the specially equipped HQ3, which monitors the road via two onboard cameras and receives its instructions from a computer, "has a strong ability to recognize the environment around it and tackle turnoffs [and] street crossings, as well as broken lines instantly. It's also able to adapt to changes of driving attitude and natural lighting, as well as shadows of trees and bridges."




Shades of Abdul...
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Originally posted by Gringo:
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Originally posted by Gromit:
Shades of Abdul...


*cough* I think you mean Ahmed, Gromit *cough* Wink

But yeah, very gibsonian. If it could talk it would be like the Mercedes in Neuromancer.


Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...

*genuflects repeatedly in the direction of Vancouver*
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Originally posted by Gromit:
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Originally posted by Gringo:
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Originally posted by Gromit:
Shades of Abdul...


*cough* I think you mean Ahmed, Gromit *cough* Wink

But yeah, very gibsonian. If it could talk it would be like the Mercedes in Neuromancer.


Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...

*genuflects repeatedly in the direction of Vancouver*



Don't worry, Gromit. Just three Hail Billies and you're forgiven.

(Seriously, tough: I didn't mean to sound like such a pedantic bastard in my previous post. Sorry about that.)

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