kaled - 6:56 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
For a computer, driving a car is far more complicated than an aircraft because of the enormous variety of road types, conditions and obstacles that have to be handled and also the density of traffic.
Driving a car vs. flying an airplane- which is more difficult?
For those that are interested, I believe that Concorde could land on autopilot in thick fog from day one, that was over thirty years ago, before the first IBM or Apple personal computers. Also, standard autopilot functions go back much further, completely pre-dating computers altogether.
Google doesn't spend vast sums on advertising so it can afford to throw money at the electronic equivalent of a Victorian folly - some people are guaranteed to be impressed and that's what counts. There are millions of people out there that think "cloud computing" is the future simply because other people say so (five of them are presenters on the Gadget Show in the UK).
I'm tempted to start a thread on dumb ideas that people believe - would anyone else like to go first?