Tesla Just Unveiled the Future of Driving
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveiled last night their newest car — the Model D. For car enthusiast (which I am not one) it appears to have impressive power. What caught my attention was their new AutoPilot. Think cruise control on steroids.
This is not — yet — a fully autonomous car. According to Musk, Tesla isn’t ready to make the jump yet. A major issues is waiting for regulator to figure out how to handle self-driving cars. The AutoPilot is capable of getting you home safely if you happen to fall asleep while driving. Owners will also be able to have the car to pick them up autonomously, as long as they’re on private property, where DOT and other regulations don’t apply. “The car can do almost anything,” he said.
See for yourself. Watch this video from SlashGear. The future of driving is available today. What do you think?
My friend Steven Finch from Vertafore invited me to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Here is my response.
Fireworks filmed with a drone
I was fascinated watching this video taken using a DJI Phantom 2 quad drone outfitted with a GoPro Hero 3 silver video camera while flying through the West Palm Beach, FL fireworks show. The quad drone was not damaged during the filming of this video.
I recently began watching the Netflix original series House of Cards.
Kevin Spacey originally pitched the idea for the show to multiple TV networks. But, it wasn’t until he approached Netflix with the idea, did he find a true believer. After Netflix did their own due diligence running their data on what their viewers wanted, they were able to determine people would be interested in the show, with no need to force the acclaimed Oscar winner to produce an initial pilot.
According to Spacey, there were 146 pilots made this year at a cost of somewhere between $300 to $400 million. However, only 56 of those pilots, or 38%, actually got accepted and made into a new series. That’s not a very cost effective models for creators to participate in. “That makes our House of Cards deal for two seasons look really cost effective,” Spacey said.
Two quotes from this Spacey speech caught my attention:
“Clearly the success of the Netflix model — releasing the entire season of House Of Cards at once — has proved one thing: the audience wants control. They want freedom. If they want to binge — as they’ve been doing on House Of Cards — then we should let them binge.”
The actor also said this “demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn — give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it.”
He said: “If you watch a TV show on your iPad is it no longer a TV show? The device and length are irrelevant … The labels are useless … For kids growing up now there’s no difference watching Avatar on an iPad or watching YouTube on a TV and watching Game Of Thrones on their computer. It’s all content. It’s all story.”
Spacey is predicting that, in the next few decades, any differentiation between platforms will disappear. It’s all about content. The same is true for your insurance organization.