Read this awesome "The BETA Mindset: Public Enemy #1" piece from Mike R (BTW, it is a MUST-read). The maybe refresh on what I said after reading "Geekonomics." Then think!
Yes, it is available today (as beta maybe - but then again "all software is beta").
Yes, it is free.
Yes, it works ... well, when it does.
Yes, you can trust, say, your email to it (who cares when it is made public, really! :-))
And then the same programmer mindset trickles up to the software that controls your aircraft engine.
That WAS you.
The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of software manufacturers' liability (succinctly described in "Geekonomics"); I suspect that everything bad that might come with it will probably still be better than what we have now (or will have soon...)