The idea of automatic should scare the bejeezus out of you. When something is automatic, it is being done for you. This is supposed to be simpler and safer because a machine or computer will do a better job than a human being. This works well with auto-pilot, an automatic car, and automatic weapons. There are many things though that I don’t want to be automatic because I trust myself more than the machine.
I don’t believe in the auto function headlights. I will turn them off/on every time instead of using the auto function which I believe turns them on and off for you when it deems appropriate. Why do I feel this way? #1, if the car is on, the headlights should always be on. I don’t care if it’s bright as the sun, the headlights are on in case of tunnels or other dark areas. I don’t know if the auto function believes in this philosophy. #2, if the machine malfunctions and my battery dies, I would be pissed. When I was 16 I left my lights on one time and pulled my mom from work to jump me. She wasn’t happy. Since that day I’ve never left my lights on and would never trust a machine over myself.
I know this is futuristic (maybe not that much) but I don’t like the idea of a car driving me places. I told this to Evan and he said that there would probably be a manual override function in case something went wrong but the whole idea perturbs me. Let’s just say the machine malfunctions and I go careening off the side of the road because I was reading a book in the back seat. I don’t know about you but I’m not going out that way. The concept that the car will drive you is something that should never happen. It’s one thing for a plane to pilot itself because there is a lot of air space that precision isn’t as important. With millions of drivers a day, this would lead to many catastrophes.
I’m 50/50 on this one. My current phone, Galaxy 3, won’t auto correct. It suggests what words but it won’t actually change the word. This is annoying when I’m drunk and mistype because the whole process is incredibly time consuming. However, when I did have an auto-correct phone I found that it wouldn’t always correct with the proper word which was equally annoying. Going back and altering a word that was supposed to be corrected is frustrating. My real suggestion is make the keyboard better. Besides, aren’t phones smart enough to produce your thoughts on the screen accurately?
The automatic update is the pits. Adobe and Oracle are the kings of unnecessary updates. They’ll change one tiny bug and send out a brand new patch that updates a function you never knew existed. It really never ends and displays their ineptitude. Windows is also bad. I’ll update when I want to update because updates usually require a restart. I can’t remember the last time I had an update and thought to myself, “wow, this is really improved.” Tell me if you have an update and I’ll decide when a good time to do it is