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Resident tech guru Michael Robinson and I are both big science-fiction fans. Michael likes traditional sci-fi stories, like those of Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. My sci-fi interests are more focused on “Golden Age” radio dramas, “pre-code” comics, and old movies and TV shows… like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

And when Associate Editor Cris Skokna joined our team a few months back, Michael and I were so pleased to discover that he was a sci-fi guy as well that I jokingly dubbed the three of us as “The Trilogy.”

  • Why Ford (NYSE: F) Wants to Put a Robot in Your Driver's Seat There is a cutting edge technology that could save the lives of up to 10 million people around the world over the next decade.

    If you drive a car, one of them might just be you.

    Car crashes kill about 1.2 million people worldwide each year. And let's face it, drivers are getting worse -- not better.

    Between texting, mobile e-mail and glitzy in-dash graphics, today's drivers are more distracted than ever.

    In fact, more than 90 percent of all auto accidents are caused by driver error.

    That's one of the reasons why Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) is taking the lead in producing robotic cars.

    In other words, it won't be long before you can put your car on "auto pilot."

    A Radical Change for Drivers

    Technically speaking, though, the robot wouldn't actually drive the car for you.

    Instead, the vehicle will be cram-packed with advanced sensors, computer chips, radar and software.

    Together, all these gadgets are designed to take over driving at critical times, such as when a driver wanders out of his lane.

    These autonomous features could also help combat the boredom many of today's drivers suffer in urban centers when they are stuck in traffic nearly an hour each day.

    That's not to say that today's cars are unsafe.

    Compared to vehicles from 20 years ago, today's feature-rich cars and trucks are practically like space capsules. A series of breakthroughs in design and materials have made cars safer and more sophisticated than ever before.

    And yet the roads really aren't that much safer.

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