Writing at Fast Company, Tim Maly ties recent interest in autonomous cars and related intersection-managing algorithms back to the guest post he wrote for mammoth during our reading of The Infrastructural City:
What’s interesting about the skepticism towards automated driving is that it reveals how invisible the current systems of automation already are. Traffic control in most cities is already monitored and controlled by wired up intersections laced with a complex network of sensors and lights, designed to cause traffic to flow smoothly around town. In many ways, the fallible fleshy pilots of vehicles are the last remaining organic components of a city-wide cybernetic system.
Read Tim’s whole post at Fast Company.