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The Reel Life: Putting the 'auto' in 'automobile' edition

10 January 2017

Every year for the past 50 years, January in Las Vegas has meant the Consumer Electronics Show, an extravaganza of science fiction-y gadgets and doodads that may or may not eventually become ordinary parts of modern life.

The hot topic at this year's CES was (drumroll, please): high-tech cars.

These are mostly not the self-driving cars that news headlines have been promising for the past few years. Instead, the cars showcased were predominantly people-driven cars loaded up with futuristic technological advancements that sound either really cool or really terrifying, depending on how much you like being "helped" by third parties when driving.

One car from Honda featured an "emotion engine," intended to read the driver's mood in case the driver is tired or distracted. The Reel Life would like to register that we are, for one anti-mood reading; if we wanted anyone else to have opinions on whether we seemed sufficiently happy while trying to get from one place to another, we'd take a bus. Let's just hope the car can tell the difference between an actual bad mood and RBF better than random people on public transit can.

One vaunted feature of this "emotion engine" is that, if it judges the driver is experiencing road rage, it will change the music to something soothing — because having someone mess with your music without your permission while you're driving is definitely not irritating at all.

In what might be a new high for American values of hard work, entrepreneurship and innovation, some of the cars can even go out and look for work while you're at work, thus allowing you to have another job on top of however many jobs you already have.

While we are currently being a grumpy Luddite about some of these proposed advancements, the Reel Life reserves the right to instantly change our mind the moment there's a car so automated that it can drive itself while we play online slots on its entertainment system.

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