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    #1

    The meaning of "...the odds are something's gone terribly amiss."

    Hello.
    Could you please explain the meaning of the underlined expression according to its context?
    The full text is about an autonomous car. This is the address if you need to read more.
    Thanks in advance.

    2. "The way Audi sees it, anyone given the responsibility of piloting this device on public roads had damned well be up to the task of taking over, because if you need to grab the wheel, the odds are something’s gone terribly amiss. A nicer way of saying this is it takes a lot of skill to be better than Audi’s robot."

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    Re: The meaning of "...the odds are something's gone terribly amiss."

    It means that they believe that their autonomous car is so reliable that if a human being needs to take over driving there must have been a major disaster with the car's technology.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Jan-2015 at 12:38. Reason: Removed accidental word
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The meaning of "...the odds are something's gone terribly amiss."

    I am not a teacher.

    I more or less agree with emsr2d2, but I don't know why she started with the word 'no'. The last sentence, 'A nicer way of saying this is it takes a lot of skill to be better than Audi’s robot' is part of the article, not part of the question. Just saying

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    Re: The meaning of "...the odds are something's gone terribly amiss."

    Thanks Roman. On my mobile, the quotation marks were hard to see so I thought the OP was suggesting a "nicer way of saying it". I have now removed my "No" as it was totally inappropriate.
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    Re: The meaning of "...the odds are something's gone terribly amiss."

    "the odds are" is an idiom meaning the probability is very high. Odds is gambling terminology. Odds of 2 to 1 are equal to 50% chance.


    Therefore we have "if the situation requires you to take-over control from the robot, then it is very likely that something has gone very wrong (amiss)."

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    Re: The meaning of "...the odds are something's gone terribly amiss."

    I am not a teacher.

    'The odds are…' is indeed an idiom that means there is a high probability of something occurring. However, odds of 2 to 1 is not idiomatic is not equal to a 50% chance.

    In gambling, the odds correspond to the ratio of the payout to the stake, not to the true probability of a given outcome occurring. The house or bookie would never make money if they paid true odds. If they are willing to pay 2 to 1 you can be sure that the probability of winning is less than 50%.

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