27 July 2002
Today Michelle and I rode a couple of horses around the hills near Loch Ness. It was the first time either of us had been on a horse. It is very strange to use a mode of transport that literally has a mind of its own. On the one hand it is great, since you can indicate a general direction and the horse will take care of the details. On the other hand it isn't so great when the horse tries to stop and munch on the foliage at random intervals.
I have no doubt that once we develop horse-class AI, all cars will be equipped with it. Planes can already take off, fly to the other side of the world, then land without any pilot control. So how long before the humble steering wheel becomes a historical artifact? Of course this will create entirely new methods of car-jacking: "I send you this car in order to seek your advice."