Cars vs. Computers
When Silicon Valley wants to look good, it measures itself against
Detroit. The comparison goes like this: If automotive technology had
kept pace with computer technology over the past few decades, you
would now be driving a V-32 instead of a V-8, and it would have a top
speed of 10,000 miles per hour. Or you could have an economy car that
weighs 30 pounds and gets a thousand miles to a gallon of gas. In
either case the sticker price of a new car would be less than $50.
In response to all this goading, Detroit grumbles: Yes, but would you
really want to drive a car that crashes twice a day?