WHY I'M AGAINST SELF-DRIVING CARS
- •They're not necessarily saferI really get this argument. Emotion, exhaustion, and other human vulnerabilities obviously don't influence how a computer operates. A computer can't fall asleep behind the wheel, or drive while under the influence of substances or emotions. But they have glitches, they slow down, they "break" all the time. Anyone else had their PC or Mac decide at THE MOST inconvenient time that it needs to update?! Picture that, on I-95. And in the event of an accident, who is liable?
- •It's not good to work in your carPeople argue pro autonomous cars for reasons of productivity. Go read this list of truth bombs about work by @dubstep and then try to tell me that using up transport time to get more work done is healthy: Are You Ready for Some Truth Bombs About Work? 💣. Nope. Once in a while, I wish I could work in the car. But 95% of the time, I love that my commute is my own time, where my only responsibility is to get from point A to point B in a fast, but safe way.
- •They save time, but at what cost?The argument I hear a lot because, yes, I drive fast and like to save time. I like to be efficient, and autonomous cars will be SUPER efficient. It's a tempting one, to be sure. But efficiency comes at what cost? The beauty of being stuck in your car is that you pay closer attention to your environment, and you're stuck with only yourself and maybe the radio, podcasts, or audiobook for company. Slowing down due to traffic forces both introspection and external awareness.
- •They take power away from usWe've all seen 1 or more of movies like Wall-E, I Robot, Minority Report, or the Shia LaBeouf movie Eagle Eye, right? Read The Circle? (OK, The Circle is not exactly the same situation, but resonates similarly and is in the forefront of my mind since I just finished it.) Giving up control to technology has frightening results.
- •We take driving—and the skill it takes to do so well—for grantedI could write a whole separate list about skills used during (and therefore sharpened by) driving, but here are a few: Hand-eye coordination; calculating probability; multi-tasking; hyper-awareness; strategic thinking. Yes there are other ways to hone these and regularly use them, but not in a similar environment to the ever-changing one you're in while on the road.