Africa, Big Buildings, High Speed Trains, Robot Ears and Eyes

  • Two of the staples of cyberpunk are gleaming superbuildings and crushing inner-city poverty. I just read an article about information technology in Ghana that just oozed cyberpunk.
  • Amtrak must die? Sure but, let’s start thinking seriously about real high-speed rail in this country. And I don’t mean wasting time on nonsense like maglev. I means spending hundreds of billions of dollars on specially designed high speed rail lines totally separate from the freight lines passenger trains are forced to travel on now.
  • Robot vision and robot speech recogition continues to improve and grow cheap.
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