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Hard News: You can Roughan but you just can't Hide

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  • BenWilson, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Predicting anything related to technology 30 years into the future is optimistic. Something that changes the entire dynamic of driving could have considerably faster adoption than just the latest minor conveniences in the next iteration of the BMW. I have never purchased a new car, but a car that could drive itself might be worth making an exception for, not least because I would save a fortune on parking it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10647 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to BenWilson,

    progress – regress…

    Predicting anything related to technology 30 years into the future is optimistic.

    …here’s the new high tech idea for Christchurch – the sensing city
    and The Press article and editorial…
    I can see what they are trying to do (though I can find no indication of what kind of sensors they are using – I’m suspecting wireless and possibly Rifid chip tech, though they may have to chip us to get the electromagnetic interrogative field going – hmmmm, more ingredients for the electromagnetic soup we live in.)

    and sentences like

    Dennis said the next phase, expected to cost about $5m, would involve approaching multinational companies, such as Intel and Cisco and “asking them to come and play”.

    make me think of Robert Anton Wilson’s idea of training flightless parrots to say “here pussy, pussy, pussy…” a fitting analogy

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I'd probably agree with Matthew's guess, on the whole, but note that the margin of error in such a prediction could be +- decades.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10647 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Don't they have lots of data like that from things like car counters, bus payment cards and the like.

    (although they aren't always well integrated, WRC send people out to do bus usage surveys when you'd have thought they could just download the data from Snapper).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    you'd have thought they could just download the data

    Not yet. For years, law has meant that private transport operators 'own' the data for the passengers we all pay them to transport. Integrated ticketing will be quite an improvement for transport planners, not just pasengers.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19699 posts Report Reply

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