2019 Jan 12, 6:05pm
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I was all for the bullet train at one point. Now with self driving cars on the horizon along with the "Boring Company" by Musk, do we really need it?Even planes will be totally self piloted. Drones that can take you anywhere are the real future. Think about it......We already have drone technology. We already have auto driving and flying technology. Just make bigger drones or smaller planes, and voila, all traffic problems gone. Fly to Silicon Valley for work, and fly back home to the farm. Voila, homes are now affordable.
Fly to Silicon Valley for work, and fly back home to the farm. Voila, homes are now affordable."Tele-commuting" was the elixir that promised to do that for decades now.Drones that can take you anywhere are the real future.How much do you think that will cost? A Cessna is far more efficient and less expensive than a drone, and last time I rented one years ago, it costs over $100/hour.
Comparing life cycle costs of a simple aircraft like a Cessna to a drone is like comparing the costs of a bicycle to a Honda Gold Wing.
HeadSet saysComparing life cycle costs of a simple aircraft like a Cessna to a drone is like comparing the costs of a bicycle to a Honda Gold Wing.I was comparing the possibilities of a future drone to the latest iPhone. You are comparing it to the first telephone a hundred years ago.Elon Musk, the God of Energy and Transportation can do it in a generation.
My point is that this is a financial problem, not a technical issue. No doubt that a 1 to 4 place people carrying drone can be invented, where we differ is that "tech" advances will make the drones affordable for common use. Human carrying drones will be million dollar machines with high liability and insurance costs. Only the rich will be taking such aerial taxis that will cost $500 to travel from one building top to another building top across town.
WillPowers saysDemocrats are refusing to provide President Donald Trump for his border wall proposal.It's called majority rule in the U.S. House.
Democrats are refusing to provide President Donald Trump for his border wall proposal.
Elon Musk, the God of Energy and Transportation
I would go further and suggest that we should be building toward a national mesh of high capacity and high speed rail infrastructure
As fun as it is to call this a "train to nowhere", it would actually be considered an unconroversially sensible infrastructure project in just about any developed country.The worst you could say about it factually is that the price tag and completion date are both about 3x over what is reasonable. There's probably no getting around this in the pressure cooker of letigiousness that is California. Lawsuits galore, union requirements, contractor pork (and probably kickbacks) run up the costs, but so does not cutting safety corners China-style.I would go further and suggest that we should be building toward a national mesh of high capacity and high speed rail infrastructure that is owned by the people and leased to private operators at a profit sufficient to cover its maintenance and expansion. This is a necessary facility to stay a competitive country for business, industry, and commerce in the 21st century. Imagine an America that never funded the Eisenhower Inter...
Some want the Constitution when it works for them & want to destroy it when it doesn't.
I'm against this train for the same reasons as the wall.It's a pet project, not the best solution to the "problem"
Someone should tell Trump we don't live in a dictatorship.
Shit, if we are going to get drones anyway why not get them and see where a wall would be effective and where the natural terrain is enough of a deterrent.