Today’s post comes from Bathtub Safety Officer Rafferty.
At ease, Civilians!
Be at ease but be cautious whenever someone else offers to do the driving, especially when that “someone else” is a machine!
Yes, I admit I’m alarmed at the progress Google is making with its Autonomous Car Program. Why? It won’t be long before you will be able to buy an automobile that will drive itself to wherever you’re going – regardless of whether you intend to go there or not.
What do I worry about when I imagine our driverless car future? Everything, of course! But mostly, it’s the loss of control.
And here’s another thing that keeps me up at night – Americans who ride around in autonomous cars will eventually forget how to drive. It’s inevitable, because anything that is not practiced withers away. Think of it – when the autopilot switches off, we will suddenly discover that we have lost the talent and the ability to safely operate automobiles.
In other words, it’ll be just like today, only more so!
The downsides here are so many and so negative, I hardly know where to begin!
The upside? Suspense novelists will have a new way to commit murder – cruel geniuses will be able to hack the on board computer of dispensable characters and drive the poor unfortunates off a cliff from poolside using an iPad.
Cue the evil laugh!
And once this starts happening in books, it’s only a matter of time before it’s in your neighborhood, and then in your driveway. Good God, get out! That menacing phone call is coming from inside your own garage!
The autonomous car is coming. Will you be strong enough to resist?