Between robotics and politics

Is there anything else?

How machines help people and what else the brave new world has in store for us is often told. Sometimes even filmed. And then you also see some disadvantages that of course won't exist in real life.

After we streamed the latest update of the Terminator series with Arnold Schwarzenegger just a week ago and were therefore forewarned about robots, the “European Charter of Robotics” was published this week. The elongated content roughly shortened to roughly say that robots should only be used where the work is so monotonous that people can no longer be expected to do it. In addition, the European industry stands for a "human-in-command approach", so we remain boss. That's nice.

Although in the future we would like to hand over the boss role to the car, at least where driving is so boring that we can no longer expect it to. In a traffic jam, for example, on the same daily commute to work or on the dead straight, empty, but speed-limited motorway. The technology would be so advanced, we read and hear again and again, but the legislature is still shy. At this point we should like to say that, as an exception, the legislature is rightly on the brakes. The daily experience with all kinds of assistance systems and their sensors in current vehicles shows quite clearly that the manufacturers can theoretically practically everything, but in practice fail because of bad weather. And the latter should happen again and again in our part of the world, even in times of climate change.

We are quite optimistic about technical progress. For example, there are more and more manufacturers and, accordingly, more and more cars that are technically and sensorially so sensitive and clever that they were other cars from danger. It's good that the topic is not entirely new and has been demonstrated to us for years. In the meantime, however, there are increasing signs that individual cars are actually making contact with others and, in the future, even with cars that are not of the same brand. It only takes a while until everyone has really agreed on the same technique of getting in touch and after that it just has to work. As I said, we are very confident about that.

Speaking of kicking. Resign, and indeed back, should, in the opinion of the evil Greens Andreas Scheuer from his office as Transport Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany. Scheuer is by far the best transport minister of this legislative period at the federal level. And as far as we know, no robot, at least not an intelligent one. And besides, he is not aware of any guilt why he should resign at all. Well, there was that stupid thing about the toll. But the Bundestag passed it several times and it only executed what the legislature had decided.

After all, he cannot help that the law that was passed and drafted by his ministry was not in conformity with higher rules of European law. It was other best transport ministers who had started the toll, and not least the wish of his party. Andy was of course powerless. Therefore, and because of the few hundred million taxpayers' money for contracts concluded too early, to demand a complete resignation right away, that is really shoddy. To avoid this, the CSU could simply leave the Ministry of Transport to the Greens in the next coalition. Then it will certainly work with the speed limit. But that's another topic. Is there anything else? Next week again.

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