The Inspiration of American Way

Why Life, Liberty and pursuit of happiness inalienable rights?

Life is inalienable because people do not exist without life–it is an existential requirement.

Liberty is inalienable because we believe it is required.

What about the pursuit of happiness? Why is this so important? Let us put aside all that evolutionary mumbo-jumbo about happiness endorphins are evolved to tell us all that is righteous about us… That statement needs as much evidence as God.

One wonders if there is wisdom in the founding fathers declaration? Why pursuit of happiness?

This idea is very foreign to many grand themes, if you look at great documents of high aspirations, do we not always call upon something outside the human conditions, something greater and a priori to us to give support to the ideals?

At least in Asian cultures, the forsaking of selfish needs have always been required characteristics of heroes and leaders. Jesus died for you. He gave his life liberty and happiness in this world… (for one example)… the archetype of most holy worthiness is self sacrifice and suffering of all that is undesirable. I suppose there is Nirvana, which targets a happiness. But keep in mind that the prescription of said doctrine for achieving it involves much suffering and sacrifice, also one needs to be mindful that it is a different happiness that that which we are familiar with. Americans does not claim happiness to be supernatural.

Why then, was America founded on happiness?

And you may criticize me for being extreme and uneducated about the matter, but I will cite dead poet society (movie) for a quote about the maladies of “excessive happiness”–it is quite common place to think happiness is not all that it is hyped to be.

How then, do Americans sustain themselves on happiness (and life and liberty of course)??

I seek an understanding of this.

Two Debilitated Birds With one Stone

There seem to be all hese suggestions to develop technology to monitor driver using self-driving cars, for example to check if they are alertness by tracking eye movents, or checking if the head is tilted weirdly(dozed off). I wonder if anybody considered resorting to old-tech.

Why don’t we use the legacy human verification system known as CAPTCHA to confirm that driver is awake and not drunk or otherwise temporarily disabled? Since the car is self-driving, the driver could take a few seconds to solve a puzzle. The puzzles should be chosen to require the perceptive and cognitive abilities relevant to driving the car. In an extreme degenerate case, the test could be to ask the human river to take a drive in an simulated environment. This would detect a driver failure ex machina. If he’s drunk, tired, or on drugs, then he fails and the auto-pilot can take some actions:

1) turn on the flashers. And I think self-driving cars should have special signals beyond the turn, break, parking and headlights to indicate to other drivers that the AI is failing and human is not in control.

2) shine bright lights, blast loud sound or cold air, blast oxygen enriched air, spray very cold water, inject adrenalin, etc. to attempt to revive driver.

3) pull over (AI should slowdown or speed up to try to reach a safe lane to temporarily stop and wait for help)

4) call the cops

5) “phone a friend” by dialing up a remote-ops center to have a trained (human) professional guide the vehicle to safety.

6) call the owner’s insurance company.

7) do all of them at the above at the same time.

I’ll perhaps hate this when implemented, but for now it seems much simpler and more effective than AI passively ascertaining proper driver condition.

P.s. the two birds being AI and human driver.