The future is here

When people thinking of driverless cars, they are likely to laugh off the idea with an element of skepticism. Driverless cars, to most of us – belong in the movies. We can imagine a company like Skynet from Terminator 2 that specialize in artificial intelligence creating such a vehicle… but couldn’t really imagine it being used in normal everyday life. Well, ladies and gentlemen – The future has arrived and driverless cars are very, very real.

When people thinking of driverless cars, they are likely to laugh off the idea with an element of skepticism. Driverless cars, to most of us – belong in the movies. We can imagine a company like Skynet from Terminator 2 that specialize in artificial intelligence creating such a vehicle… but couldn’t really imagine it being used in normal everyday life. Well, ladies and gentlemen – The future has arrived and driverless cars are very, very real.

Apple is building a self-driving car and is looking for secure locations in San Francisco. It has been revealed that Apple is actively scouting locations for testing self-driving cars near its headquarters. That would strongly suggest the company is moving forward with a rumored plan to make cars — possibly in search of continued growth as its traditional businesses level out. The move comes as Google, Uber and other tech companies are pouring cash into robot cars.

But would you trust a computer using artificial intelligence (AI) to drive you to work every day? I mean, AI has many critics, mainly because where does of a fear of the unknown. If computers are thinking for themselves, can they get emotional? Could a car hate its owner or become upset? Could the car be suicidal? This may sound ridiculous, but it is a real worry for some people. Putting their lives in the hands of a computer driven car is a strange and nerve-racking concept.

There are other issues too. As cars become more connected, hackers could access personal data including typical journeys or the location of a person, potentially indicating to a burglar that someone isn’t home. There is also potential for cyber terrorism. For example, a large-scale immobilization of cars on public roads could throw a country into chaos.

Hackers could also take over self-driving vehicles and use them as lethal weapons. In a nightmare scenario, the car could be programmed to navigate safely and avoid obstacles while criminals in the car could use their free hands to shoot at pursuers. Terrorists could also program explosive-packed cars to become self-driving bombs.

Obviously there are good sides to this new concept, but there are many issues that need to be addressed before the world can trust these cars. The technology is here, but the question is – are you?

 Prepared by: JZEnglish

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