The driverless car revolution isn’t just about technology – it’s about society too | Jackie Ashley

The driverless car revolution isn’t just about technology – it’s about society too | Jackie Ashley
It could be a bane or a boon. There are ethical issues like the effect on jobs and tax that we need to talk about

If there’s one thing 2016 taught us it’s that political predictions are a mug’s game. Predictions about technology and society, however, are at least a little easier. One thing that’s going to rub up against our noses during 2017 is the imminence of the driverless car revolution, which is going to be a big one.

Around our house there is a new noise. It’s my voice, in a tone of authoritarian command, saying: “Alexa, stop!” Or perhaps, “Alexa, play the Beach Boys”; or “Alexa, what’s the weather like tomorrow?” Yes, like thousands of others, I got the new Amazon toy for Christmas – a small cylinder that can answer many questions with enormous speed and proficiency, play music, order taxis, dictate recipes and much else besides.

In an age of employment insecurity, driving has become the default way that many people, particularly men, keep their heads above water

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Source: Guardian Transport

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