Computer Question: ‘Driving’ the computer

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The obnoxious computer driver. It appears that the computer is once again poised to replace a function heretofore performed exclusively by us humans.

But I wonder if the self- driving software developers will be able to replicate some of the less endearing habits of the flesh and blood driver.

Take for example the middle finger salute performed in situ or with the left arm extended fully out the window, allowing the driver to make his or her point more convincingly.

Surely a feature could be incorporated into the driverless car that upon voice command from any of the now passengers in the vehicle would result in an artificial arm popping out to simulate this popular gesture.

For greater emphasis a right arm could be available as an after-market option. Another handy feature would be a brake light tapping button on the dashboard that would cause the brake lights to come on and off, but actually have no effect on the brakes.

And let’s not forget the “P” letter in the rear window of every driverless car warning other real drivers that they are following a “Perfect Driver” who has found ways to remain obnoxious.

The Vernon PC Users’ Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre in the cafeteria. Call Betty at 542-7024 or Grace at 549-4318 for more information.