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Self-Driving Issues
If most people turn into muderers all of a sudden, we'll need to push out a firmware update or something.
Title text: If most people turn into muderers all of a sudden, we'll need to push out a firmware update or something.

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Cueball explains being worried about autonomous cars, noting that it may be possible to fool the sensory systems of the vehicles. He then realizes that human drivers are equally vulnerable to being deceived.

White Hat and Megan point out that most road safety systems benefit from humans not actively trying to maliciously sabotage it.

The title text notes that a radical change in human behavior would likely require a major update to the software that governs how autonomous vehicles behave. Presumably because it would now have to account for humans actively attempting to kill drivers on a routine basis.

Transcript

[Cueball is speaking while standing alone in a slim panel.]
Cueball: I worry about self-driving car safety features.
[In a frame-less panel it turns out that Cueball is standing between White Hat and Megan, holding his arms out towards each of them, while he continues to speak.]
Cueball: What's to stop someone from painting fake lines on the road, or dropping a cutout of a pedestrian onto a highway, to make cars swerve and crash?
[Zoom in on Cueball's head as he continues to contemplate the situation holding a hand to his chin, while looking in White Hat's direction. Megan replies from off-panel behind him.]
Cueball: Except... those things would also work on human drivers. What's stopping people now?
Megan (off-panel): Yeah, causing car crashes isn't hard.
[Zoom back out to show all three of them again.]
White Hat: I guess it's just that most people aren't murderers?
Cueball: Oh, right. I always forget.
Megan: An underappreciated component of our road safety system.

Trivia

The title text was published with a typo: "murderers" was misspelled as "muderers."


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