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Dude, where's my car?

A couple weeks ago, I was lamenting the fact that every old TV show is being converted into a movie or a new TV show. My scorn aside, I have to confess that last Sunday, lolcatz and I watched the new Knight Rider premiere. Unsurprisingly, it did not require our full attention to follow along.

That being said, something profound occurred to me. Carl Jung posited the idea of a Collective Unconscious, a series of images and archetypes that all of humanity shares. These ideas, no matter what culture or walk of life we come from, speak to us all and have meaning. For example, I think the idea of space and exploring new areas is one such archetype. In times of despair, we find hope in things like the Space Station and Mars Rovers. Likewise, we're all fascinated by the idea of True Love (tm). Even among jaded people, the idea of a soulmate--one who gets you when no one else does--is captivating.

These are just a few examples of Jungian concepts; the number is endless. However, there is one such idea that is often overlooked. A concept that speaks to humans across the globe, full of meaning and power:

Cool talking cars that drive themselves and are smarter than we are.

It's true. We love them. We want them. We long for the day they will become reality. I mean, lolcatz 's car has a Navigation system and talks. But it's not intelligent. And honestly, when I ride with him, it's like I'm doing all the work. I don't hear GPS Lady saying helpful things like, "Um, that was our exit you just passed" and "We're a half-mile from our turn. Why aren't you in the right lane yet?" No. We don't have intelligent cars yet.

And that's why, no matter how crappy the plots or how brooding and melodramatic Michael Knight 2.0 is, we will continue to be fascinated by K.I.T.T. and all that he represents. In fact, I entered NBC's sweepstakes to win a Ford Shelby GT KR, just like K.I.T.T., to comfort me in these dark times. I'm sure nobody else watched the show, so I think my odds of winning are pretty good. In fact, I'm kind of surprised no one's called me about it yet.

Admittedly, having pseudo-K.I.T.T. will probably raise my insurance costs. I just got new insurance for my 7-year old car and was a bit dismayed at the rates. It turns out insuring a car in the city of Seattle costs more than in the suburbs. Likewise, when you hit parked cars [more than once], that'll raise your rates too. Sigh. That wouldn't have happened [more than once] if I had K.I.T.T.

O Intelligent Talking Cars, when will your day arrive?

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