Worried About Self-Driving Cars? Guess What—There's Something You Can Do About That

Posted by K R on

For three years I’ve been writing at least once a week about self-driving cars and I’ve recently noticed a shift in popular opinion. The wide-eyed optimism of seeing Google’s cute-as-a-button robot bopping unassisted around a parking lot has been replaced by some ambiguous, malicious, unknowable entity, a shapeshifting Smoke Monster that ruins our lives and ravages our neighborhoods in a blur of carbon emissions and tail lights. Suddenly, we’ve started to appropriate the term “self-driving cars” to represent all we fear about our transportation future.

We’re not merely concerned that “self-driving cars” are being programmed to kill us. Just in the last week we’ve also been told that “self-driving cars” will cause sprawl, “self-driving cars” will turn streets into robot slot-car tracks unfit for humans, and “self-driving cars” will suddenly become sentient and start smashing into each other in some dystopian hacking scenario. Read More: Gizmodo

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