Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A Tale of Robots, Parking Garages, and Labor Disputes

This reads like a sci-fi story from the near future. In, of all places, Hoboken NJ, the city has a parking garage that is the pinnacle of technology: no ramps, or spaces, but instead a full suite of the most sophisticated elevators. Of course, it's operated by software: no people. Twice the capacity of cars, half the time to retrieve your car...and a raft of unexpected consequences.

Now, imagine what happens when the city gets into a dispute with the company that operates the technology. Espionage, intrigue, and customers who can't get their cars out of the garage. Wired News said it best: Giant Robot Imprisons Parked Cars.

Welcome the brave new world.

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