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Is this the solution for charging electric vehicle batteries quickly and safely?

I haven't been watching HBO's new nerd comedy Silicon Valley, but I should have known that anything from the brain of Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head, Idiocracy) is likely to be pretty funny. People sure seem to like it, and if a sight gag from the pilot episode is any indication, the producers know how to find the humor in electric vehicles.

Google co-founder Larry Page sat down with the Internet giant's former CEO, Eric Schmidt, for a Q&A session during this week's Zeitgeist 2011 event, and when the topic of increasing processor speed came from an audience member, Schmidt went into the infinite possibilities afforded "when you have all the computing power and all the telemetry and everything going on in the world in real time." Not surprisingly, Page made the leap right to autonomous cars.

We have a hard time imagining a world in which we don't drive. Google CEO Eric Schmidt doesn't have that problem. He feels that humans should give up their right to the steering wheel and hand the keys over to a computer. At a recent TechCrunch conference, Schmidt opined that we humans aren't very good at driving, adding that "it's a bug that cars were invented before computers."

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