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TiVo Aternative

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jacbec, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. SWFan

    SWFan Active Member

    Oct 6, 2002
    In four years no way. Its easily doable today, but the overall industry feels it would be giving up control and thus they have been fighting it. By 2018 I expect them to still be fighting it with the same fervor exhibited today. Almost all the IPTV available today requires you to have an active cable or satellite subscription thus keeping you tied to the incumbent system.
  2. NYHeel

    NYHeel Active Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    Actually this is the perfect scenario for a computer controlled car. The car that stopped late likely didn't react quickly enough to the brake lights of the car in front of him. The computer would have reacted faster and likely seen the breaking ahead faster.

    As humans, we cause traffic and accidents based on the poor decisions we make on the roads. Computers can make optimal decisions that would improve traffic flow and minimize accidents. Highways are perfect for a computer controlled car. I'm more worried about local driving. That's where it would be difficult for the computer controlled car.
  3. lessd

    lessd Active Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That quick response is great on my radar controlled speed control as it will use the brakes when needed as the car in front of me slows down, my system craps out at about 25 to 30 MPH but I don't think it would be a big leap to bring that type of control down to 0 MPH, and have it operate when not using the speed control. This would prevent many rear end accidences, but still be far from a driverless car. We can and should make cars/trucks less accident prone, like the accident in NJ that put Tracy Morgan in critical condition.
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    That technology already exists in cars you can buy. There is also at least one car you can but that can drive completely autonomously in traffic on the freeway up to like 35mph. (I think it's a Lexus)

    The technology of these autonomous cars is already making it's way into real vehicles, that's why I think it'll be a lot less then 50 years before we see completely autonomous cars on the roads.
  5. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

    Oct 30, 2003
    Yeah, we may see a mixture of holding the lane with DRCC first, where the driver would still need to manually drive on surface streets and on and off the highway, but whatever path we take, the fully self-driving car is coming, and coming fast.
  6. telemark

    telemark New Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    I recall a Comcast Exec being interviewed, saying they see the future with people paying for content through their Comcast bill. Idk the intricacies of their content agreements, but he sounded confident they were complicated enough that nobody else could obtain rights and calculate rev shares.

    Didn't we see this during the last Olympics?

    Now CSPAN too:
    You'll soon need a cable account to sit and watch Cspan all day online
  7. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

    Oct 30, 2003
    Pretty much. Streaming video became a reality, but it is mostly tied to the MSO...
  8. hansnuts

    hansnuts New Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Hi. Does anyone here have this digital converter box Mediasonic HomeWorx HW-150 PVR? If you do, were you able to use the IR Blaster to control it? I appreciate all the help and thanks in advance.
  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Don't they need to change the laws first to allow it? And it better be rock solid. Because the first time it fails will probably be the last since people would be up in arms after that for the lawmakers allowing it on the streets.
  10. lessd

    lessd Active Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    A lot of stuff has to change, without a control road, the problems are immense, road construction with lane changes needed, snow on the road (my radar speed control in my car will not work in heavy rain and most likely snow.) Insurance has to cover this, great idea but not anytime soon, they can't even get airplanes to use automatic flight path GPS yet. Accident avoidance systems will get better over time, but auto driving not so fast, still 50 years out. (We can't even find a replacement for the lead acid battery use in cars, and that technology is over 100 years old!!.) In high school in the late 50s they showed the future of travel using personal flying machines in place of cars that would be common by the turn of the 21st century, even in high school I though that was bull, and it was.
  11. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    Self-driving cars are definitely not "50 years out". They already exist, and will be available for purchase within 10 years, commonplace in 20 years, and almost mandatory within 30 years. They don't just use radar/laser sensors, they also use visual cameras, so they can see better than your eyes can, even in the rain and snow. Not to mention their reaction time and decision making will be far better than any human driver. Insuring them will be much cheaper than insuring a manually driven car, because insurance is all about risk pooling, and self-driving cars will be involved in far fewer accidents overall than manual cars.
  12. lessd

    lessd Active Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Future speculation is fun as it would take almost 20 years to prove you or I were incorrect in our assumptions.
  13. trip1eX

    trip1eX Active Member

    Apr 2, 2005
    That's why I find it annoying. :D
  14. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    There's no doubt that whatever happens in the next 20 or 40 years will be amazing but the track record of predicting that far out is terrible. Back around 1950 people were predicting we would all be flying to work in our personal flying cars or helicopters. And then there were the ominous predictions of global **cooling** around 1970.
  15. lessd

    lessd Active Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    +1 :up: And the internet was not on anybody's radar

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