Talk:2064: I'm a Car
Is that a Chevy Volt? --188.8.131.52 04:30, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- Using google image search I could find various different taillight configurations on Chevrolet Volt's, but non where the lights extend to the trunk, and also downward on the site of the trunk. They are either above each other, or extending to the trunk. The one in the comic has both.--Lupo (talk) 07:51, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- Having owned a first-generation Volt, it sure looks like it to me. No, the details aren't perfect, but the taper of the lights seems to strongly suggest a first-gen Volt. ~ BestComicEver (talk) 14:04, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
- I currently own a first-gen Volt, and I instantly thought, "Hey, Randall drew my car!" I am not that into cars, but I still think it's pretty recognizable as a Volt. 184.108.40.206 16:14, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
Cars are getting more intelligent and the voters seem to get dumber. This comic states that some cars are more intelligent than the average voters. 220.127.116.11 06:48, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
No matter how smart the car is it would need to meet eligibility requirements to vote. Cars are typically registered in a jurisdiction but are generally not recognized as citizens or residents for voting purposes. Only some cars meet the age requirements, e.g. in the United States the median age of an automobile was 11.4 years in 2014 while a voter must be at least 18 years of age to vote in US Federal elections. As for the title text, cars are generally incapable of reproduction , ineligible for adoption , and generally do not attend school , making this scenario multiply implausible ChronoCronut (talk) 09:00, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- "Only some cars meet the age requirements" Right, but they are very mature for their age. xD 18.104.22.168 11:35, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- It's time to start the car suffrage movement! -boB (talk) 13:13, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
"The entire comic seems to be related to self-driving cars, which has been a recurring subject on xkcd. As they first begins to drive by themselves, the next step is voting and later getting car babies that can grow up and become honor students." Actually, I think that this comic is about bumper stickers on cars. Of course people put bumper stickers on their cars to make a statement about themselves, but what if the bumper stickers were actually a statement by the car, not the person driving it. That's another common theme. Andyd273 (talk) 12:26, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- I agree the comic is about bumper stickers which use "first person" wording taken literally as being the cars themselves talking. However as we hear and see more about self driving cars, and get closer to mythical artificial intelligence, the day may come when this joke about literality could cease to be a joke. -boB (talk) 14:25, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
The first thing that jumped to my mind was that it also mixed in the security issues arising due to the "Internet of Things" problems. Admittedly, most IoT devices are used in DoS attacks and are generally not used as general purpose hacking jump boxes, but I see no reason that cellular network equipped cars could not be hacked and used as a source for voting in digital elections. Adrian Colyer has a great synopsis of two vehicle papers on his blog: https://blog.acolyer.org/2015/12/02/carshark/ and https://blog.acolyer.org/2015/12/03/fast-and-vulnerable/ . Tovodeverett (talk) 13:35, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- But that would still be someone (a human) voting, albeit using the car as a vehicle [sic] for that vote. So the bumper sticker isn't being literal in this case, the car itself didn't vote, and so the joke doesn't work. -boB (talk) 18:22, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- I guessed that was what happened. I wonder how many other obvious statements have citations that someone could find? GreatWyrmGold (talk) 00:10, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
I wonder if it's less common to see these pointing out a party affiliation as in "I'm a Democrat" or "I'm a Republican" and more common to instead see them as showing membership in a special interest group like in "I'm a Mom" or "I'm a union worker" or likewise. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 02:40, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
Now deleted thing about the bomber's vehicle
Someone added text suggesting this comic was inspired by the stickers on the bomber's vehicle. Then someone else deleted that text because the comic had been posted before the bomber was arrested so Randall could not have known about the bomber's vehicle.
Does that mean it was a coincidence?
Or could the bomber have seen the comic and been inspired by it to put the stickers on the vehicle?
(The deleted text was "Possibly Randall is ironically referring to the car of the suspect in the pipe bomb case. His whole van is covered with pro-Trump, anti-Democrat and anti-liberal stickers. Or it's just particularly bad timing...") 22.214.171.124 05:42, 29 October 2018 (UTC)
Perhaps it is related to the ongoing push for "motor voter" laws encouraging (or mandating) local DMV offices to register persons to vote at the same time they apply for or renew a driver's license? 126.96.36.199 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)