Our contemporary utopians promise a cleaner, greener world free from accidents via driverless car technology. But like all powerful innovations, this one brings with it serious risks. These can be as mundane as robot drivers having difficulty handling human behavior on the road — or as sinister as the cars being hacked and used as weapons. In this risk analysis, Dee Smith games out what a future filled with automated autos holds and finds the picture far less bright than their advocates make out.
The world is beset with problems: violent extremism, climate change, pandemics, and crises in global governance (to mention just a few). But never fear — the utopians are back. They have reemerged in the form of roboticists, with glowing predictions …
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Dee Smith is founder and CEO of Strategic Insight Group.