I have three problems with self-driving cars. One is that they represent the dumbing down and lazification of our society; that driving requires too much engagement with the world and is too taxing when you are a dbag who needs to check his/her phone every 5 minutes.
My second issue is that car manufacturers would have to program a utilitarian ethical code into the machine’s decision-making algorithm. It’s a jungle out there, and ordinarily in a collision situation, like a war zone it’s every man for himself – but computer? Everyone’s self-driving cars looking out for the majority best interest may sound good on paper, but if some dumbass is crashing into you, you’ll wish it had your best interest in mind instead, even if it means crashing into more cars.
A final issue is that it will be yet another segment of working class labor that disappears, another portion of the population falling to the wayside: bus drivers, cabbies, and eventually even truckers, who will be left to feed off the orange dregs of trickle-down economics.
What do you guys think? Would you trust one if it was really smart?