Who Wouldn't Want A Flying Car That Floats?

So, Tim Cook just dropped what he thought was an "Oh, snap!" worthy diss on Microsoft Surface, saying, "I suppose you could design a car that flies and floats, but I don't think it would do all of those things very well." But wait.

One might just as easily say, "You could build a device that's for telephoning and computing, but..." I mean, come on. Some devices are designed to multiple things very well. Hell, how about seaplanes? They do, I believe, fly and float, and some of them even put out bushfires. My point is this:

If someone came up to you and said, "Hey, do you want this car that can fly and float?" You wouldn't be like, "NO! That's stupid. I just want it to do one or the other."

Who among us wouldn't buy a flying, floating car if the build-quality was good and the price was right? Sound off.

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    If someone came up to you and said, “Hey, do you want this car that can fly and float?” You wouldn’t be like, “NO! That’s stupid. I just want it to do one or the other.”

    I would ask if it does all of those things well. Is it a good car? Is it a good boat? Is it a good plane?

    I think that is what Tim is saying. A device that tries to be a tablet and a PC isn't going to be the best example of either.

      Yeah, but it might be good enough at doing both that you no longer need a device to do just one function.

      Think mobile phone and PDA of only a few years ago. They're now just smartphones. Yes, it's different to a car/boat, but the point is still valid.

    I wouldn't want the average motorist having access to a car that flies OR floats. They seem to have enough trouble negotiating two dimensions as it is.

      that being said - the average motorist would probably not be able to pass the flight license and the skipper license.

    They already exist...

    If someone came up to you and said, “Hey, do you want this car that can fly and float?” I would ask them to lay of the drugs and climb down from my roof.

      Well it just means they havent invented it yet. But it is a safe assumption that the addition of a different 'modality' may impair on the quality of such product...or the price point.

    The best cars in the world don't float or fly, just as the best planes aren't also boats. So I guess the point is, you could make it do all three but it wouldn't be the best at any one of them.

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    Tim (toaster fridge) Cook does it again.

    " If someone came up to you and said, “Hey, do you want this car that can fly and float?”
    I'd say, "no, not really. I get sea sick. but can I interest you in this bridge I have for sale?"

      Why do I want your stinking bridge? My car floats, buddy, the world IS my bridge! haha!

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      haha. im afraid the joke is lost on some people.

    Best compliment for MS ever.

    But I want my car to (not only, y'know, drive on the road) fly, float, submerge, burrow and run on unicorn tears, all for no more that about 80% the cost of a regular car. Otherwise it's no good and the company that made it are a big fat failure.

    I think you missed the point. Sure, devices can do two things, that doesn't mean it will do them WELL. Your sea plane example for instance, sure, it floats, but it's hardly a great boat. Would you want to spend hours on end fishing on one or travel from one continent to another travelling on the water? No, you probably wouldn't.

    In a nice ideal world the plane would also be a luxury cruiser. The quote you were referring to was simply stating that generally, that isn't the reality.

      And while I've read reviews that had a far more positive spin than Gizmodo's, it's not like the Giz US review didn't seem to in some places hit a smilar conclusion (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/10/microsoft-surface-rt-review-this-is-technological-heartbreak/_

    I think they already tried this with poor results. http://topgear.wikia.com/wiki/Amphibious_Car_Challenge_2

    Give me the Lotus Esprit/submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me, any day.

    And years from now...much like never making a 7inch tablet (7.9 doesn't count right?)...Apple will introduce its first tablet running OSX (or equivalent) and call it *magical* and *revolutionary*...

      Or maybe they'll even make a phone that only does one thing! Because who wants a phone that can make calls AND browse the internet right?

    I've been waiting for my flying car ever since I first saw The Jetsons. So has everyone else -to the extent that it's become a goddamn meme. There are t-shirts. There is a song. There is an XKCD cartoon (https://xkcd.com/864/). On the internet, "flying car" is shorthand for "cool futuristic technology that I expected to have by now but sadly don't". It floats too? Bonus! Given this, I can't help but think that, regardless of the merits of his argument, Mr. Cook chose the worst possible analogy to try to make his point.

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