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Tokyo, Japan: Driverless Taxis Soon On The Streets?


In this advanced tech nation, where robot hotel bellhops lug luggage and humanoid clerks check you in, this shouldn’t be unexpected. According to official reports, visitors will be able to hail computerized cabs in the Japanese capital city by 2020.

Consider the possibilities. If you remember the 1976 movie, Taxi Driver, would you want a robotically insane Robert De Niro (Travis Bickle) driving you around town? Also, after settling into back seat, will the automatic taxi driver automatically run up the meter by taking the longest route to your hotel?

If there’s a major pro sports event or convention in town, will the automatic taxi driver automatically up the rate 500 percent? Will the mechanical taxi driver refuse to take anyone wearing a hoodie? Will the robot taxi driver be programmed to laugh hysterically as it aims at little old ladies in wheelchairs as they cross the street?

Will we too soon have to say sayonara to Tokyo’s human taxi drivers?

Miami, FL: Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence PDF Print E-mail


Experience it all at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science until
 April 21. See how bugs, fish, plants and other critters use their natural glow to flash before your admiring eyes. Exhibits include live examples and demonstrations. For fees and other info, go to www.frostscience.org

 
Big Brother Will Be Watching You At Major Airports PDF Print E-mail


Within the next few years, airport face scanning and tightened security will be the norm. A new program, called “biometric entry-exit system,” will work like a super-sophisticated police line-up. It will instantly compare your features with millions of other faces on electronic file, including criminals, terrorists, anarchists, mental cases and other dangerous people.

So, next time you’re in an airport, don’t be surprised if a Sherlock Holmes scan happens to you. Sometime, somewhere, someplace when you least expect it, something gets into your face and says, Smile! You're on Candid Camera!

 
London Daily Mail: Beggars Can Make Up To $200 A Day PDF Print E-mail


I can believe it. Your travel4seniors.com editor hikes twice a day along several miles of Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The final 20 miles of nationwide Route 66, runs from downtown Los Angeles to the oceanfront beaches in the city of Santa Monica.

With growing numbers of homeless in the area, I encounter at least five or six beggars daily. In some locations, such as next to posh restaurants, bars and supermarkets, they get steady handouts of tax-free dollar bills and more.

Advice: Because many street people have mental and addiction problems, don’t hand out money to them in your travels. Too often it goes for drugs and alcohol. You’ll help much more effectively by contributing to your local Red Cross, Salvation Army and other agencies that help the homeless. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6791637/Homeless-beggars-making-200-DAY-reveals-ex-soldier-says-11lb-streets.html#comments

 
Hollywood CA: The Pause That Refreshes PDF Print E-mail


Your wandering travel4seniors.com editor captured this tender scene as two weary backpacked travelers stop to admire some of the merchandise in this aptly-named shop.

 
Q: Former Military Woman, Is It OK For Me To Travel Alone? PDF Print E-mail


My 32 years in the Navy took me to all parts of the USA, but never overseas. Now retired, I want to see parts of the world that were only dreams before. South America, England, France, Italy. Family members say it just isn’t safe to do alone. What do you say? MTL, San Diego CA

A: We don’t want to exaggerate, but women are often at risk when they travel alone in other cultures where they’re considered fair game for robbery and physical attack. For that first venture abroad, we suggest you sign on for an interesting senior singles group trip or cruise. You’ll be safe and with compatible people. It will give you experience in travel to use later when ready to go it alone.

 
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