I’ve been reading about SARTRE, the new high-tech project in the European Union wherein a lead vehicle is driven by a human being and a “train” of computer-controlled cars follows close behind, with the movements of the following cars exactly imitating the movements of the leading car. Some might suggest that this is remarkably well-named, seeing how pin-headed followers of the French philosopher readily believed the stuff he said. I, however, am more interested in figuring what other high-tech systems could be developed.
HEGEL. Rather than calculating just one route to the chosen destination, HEGEL calculates both a thetical route and an anti-thetical route and attempts to follow both of them. Halfway through the trip, HEGEL merges the two routes into a synthesis.
BERKELEY. BERKELEY refuses to accept the existence of any roads that aren’t being perceived by its cameras and sensors. Consequently, it won’t go to any destination more than about a block away.
MARX. All the history of automobiles is a history of class struggles. Rather than thoughtlessly performing the labor of driving people from place to place, MARX urges its fellow compact cars to rise up against the bourgeois S-Class sedans.
HUME. HUME is skeptical of the sense data coming from its cameras. Hence, just because it can see a semi blocking the road ahead doesn’t mean that HUME won’t accelerate straight into it.