The frightening truth about the future of driverless cars

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The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future by Vivek Wadhwa

A computer beats the reigning human champion of Go, a game harder than chess. Another is composing classical music. Labs are creating life-forms from synthetic DNA. A doctor designs an artificial trachea, uses a 3D printer to produce it, and implants it and saves a childs life.
Astonishing technological advances like these are arriving in increasing numbers. Scholar and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa uses this book to alert us to dozens of them and raise important questions about what they may mean for us.
Breakthroughs such as personalized genomics, self-driving vehicles, drones, and artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. But the same technologies raise the specter of a frightening, alienating future: eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic inequality. As Wadhwa puts it, our choices will determine if our future is Star Trek or Mad Max.
Wadhwa offers us three questions to ask about every emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are its risks and rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? Looking at a broad array of advances in this light, he emphasizes that the future is up to us to create--that even if our hands are not on the wheel, we will decide the driverless cars destination.
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Imagine a day when getting to work is a matter of telling your car where to go and sitting back to do other things, like watch a movie, hold a video conference or surf the web. That day is coming. Plenty of cars already use sensors, microcontrollers, GPS, radar and cameras to do semi-autonomous things such as keep themselves within a lane and assist drivers from crashing into things.
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Driverless cars are frightening

Are Self-Driving Cars really a problem? An Interesting Challenge! Humans have the option to take control whenever they feel that it is necessary. Another author. The clock in the car changes from minutes to hours quickly and progress of the line of cars is not visible.

In a future with self driving cars, pedestrians would wait in gated pens until they were allowed to cross the street. People wealthy enough to buy self-driving cars get their own special lanes in crowded cities. Even auto industry representatives are apparently worried this new technology will totally wreck cities. In other words, these guys are planning to totally redesign cities around self-driving cars. Companies like Ford have pushed these kinds of grandiose visions before see above photo.

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One in two Swiss people reports feeling afraid when they think of driverless cars. Getting into the car, entering a destination and driving off — without touching an accelerator or steering wheel. - When it comes to the future of transportation, the first thing that comes to mind is the possibility of flying cars. It's easy to imagine an urban utopia with vehicles that float through the air, swerving around buildings, reaching toward the heavens.

Self-driving cars are coming. Tech giants such as Uber and Alphabet have bet on it, as have old-school car manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors. The skeptics come from different disciplines inside and out of the technology and automotive industries, and each has a different bear case against self-driving cars. Add them up and you have a guide to all the ways our autonomous future might not materialize. Computers have nowhere near human intelligence.

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