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  1. A good point. The reality will most likely be to create price gouged monopolies rather than the technology being used to actually reduce costs for real people and communities. Any cost savings having been absorbed by governments as carbon taxes and wotnot.
  2. Yes, there will always be the element of technocratic rule at odds with individual liberty. Call me cynical but the promoted politics tend to frame the world from the perspective of a privileged elite. This is then promoted as being the consensus and to object to it is selfish and dangerously individualustic.
  3. Yes, I agree. There'll always be a percentage of people and situations that cannot be catered for by automation. The cost of retaining exclusive ownership may well deter many but will for sure be available to more affluent consumers.
  4. That's true but I suspect that just like with housing, the the technology and environmental commitments already made will tie the hands of any government to take this opportunity to <sic> "build back better" to pass, even if it does annoy their core voters. After all, radical change didn't deter "new Labour" from abandoning its traditional voting bass.
  5. It would certainly be worth doing a more detailed study but it's a hunch of mine that based on my own personal mileage and usage patterns, my car (were it self driving) could provide service to one or more others and I'd wager that they'd be willing to split the cost of ownership and maintenance with me. Even if I shared with one other person whose usage complimented mine, the TCO would halve for the same utilisation. The milage might double or triple but personal mileage is in the region of 20000km. Doubling this on a low maintenance electric car, factoring in brake pads and tyres, the additi
  6. Smart motorways can only work if the reliability of cars increases and the fallibility of humans is removed from the equation. 5G, satellites and ultra accurate GPS, AI and other technology will combine to provide optimised mass transit in self driving cars and it will all be integrated.
  7. Hmm, corner cases. My point is that with self driving cars, the trend towards WFH, shopping delivery etc. I envisage people owning a stake (via Blockchain tech) in a self driving car pool. Why leave your personal car sitting idle for 90% or more of the time when the technology exists to effectively share it with others and even reduce the average cost for everybody?
  8. I get the feeling that people are blissfully unaware of the pace of change in personal transport and will be shocked at how quickly private car ownership will be rendered obsolete. Self driving cars are coming onto roads near you this year, whether you like it or not. Regulations and punitive terms to obtain insurance on a driver operated car will make driving a car seem like a dangerous sport.
  9. Although I actually like the internal layout, it looks like it would be more cost effective to do a "Grand Designs" on it and start again. I'm sure there are plenty of public servant couples with the cash for such a project.
  10. That, or for there to be more incentives and transport links. It seems a lot of money can be found for political vanity projects like HS2 and cross rail but nobody has the money to upgrade and electrify the great Western and London to penzance lines. I've heard about hi tech incentive for small businesses in Cornwall but as always, housing and infrastructure are but after thoughts.
  11. They say it's kitchens and bathrooms that sell a place.
  12. Of course it's going to pi$$ people off. Earnings from less desirable locations have always been used to buy rights to dwell part time (and eventually full time) in another more desirable or cheaper location. The difference is that Cornwall is more niche and there isn't a lot of excess housing supply. What's the answer? Should everyone born in Cornwall move somewhere where they can earn enough to buy a stake in their home county and then move back there to retire? Do humans have the right to remain in the place where they were born and to live and work there or is their apparent luck at having
  13. Google translated? BBC now using outsourced non native English speakers as caption editors apparently: Angharad (left) braved cold temperatures overnight to ensure to bought her "forever home"
  14. I don't think you're wrong. What's changed since 1950s is globalisation in tandem with absence of consistent regulation of labour and freedom to move capital around. As wealth was built and the economy financialised, it became less politically necessary to ensure wellbeing and a reasonable standard of living for the incumbent populace. The boomers just happened to be accidentally born at a (from their perspective) fortuitous time and continue to believe it's because they worked hard for it. Obviously this generation will blame the boomer generation for the decline in educational standards
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