Originally Posted by OwnedINC
Not only is this horribly inaccurate, it's also horribly foolish to say that a computer can't beat us ever.
First off, you're obviously not a racer.
Second, what information are you basing your statement? Do you have any idea how many books I've read on the subject of racecar driving? I've lost count actually...
Thirdly, you'll notice that I was careful enough to say "consistently" beat us. Sure, they'll get good enough to be damn tough to beat. Only the best of us will be better. The main advantage the computer will have is not raw speed, but rather the fact that it can drive repeatedly over and over without making mistakes. But the computer will never be able to get that last 1/1000th of a second out of a lap like we can. It takes finesse to be able to do that, and computers just don't work in a way that makes that possible. No prediction algorithms are good enough, because everything about racing is unpredictable. It's not like chess where there are a finite number of possibilities, and you have the luxury of planning out every possibility in advance. In racing there are infinite possibilities, and you have to instantly respond to all of them without thinking. That's why the simulations can't predict how fast a human driver can really go. Because the computer just does not, and can not think and feel the way a human does.