Killer Cars

Self-driving cars are coming for us!

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As an engineer, one of the things that irritates me most is when some public figure uses his or her pulpit to pronounce that humanity is approaching a dark hour where the machines we’ve created will soon be choosing, effectively, who lives and who dies. The implication is always that we need strong (read ‘suffocating’) regulation now, to ensure that the public is “protected”. And by that I mean to pander to, and allay the irrational fears of a general public that is generally distrustful of things they don’t understand. It is textbook fear-mongering.

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