September 22, 2016

THE BEGINNING OF THE AGE OF MACHINES:

The Revolution Is Coming (wALTER rUSSELL mEAD, 9/21/16, vIA mEDEA)

The self-driving revolution is moving forward on all cylinders. The NYT reports:

Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation's highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people.

In long-awaited guidelines for the booming industry of automated vehicles, the Obama administration promised strong safety oversight, but sent a clear signal to automakers that the door was wide open for driverless cars. [...]

The government's endorsement will speed up the rollout of autonomous cars, experts said, potentially within the next five years.

Cleaner air, happier lives, higher incomes, less CO2, fewer road deaths, exurban growth, more space, more freedom, more leisure time: Autonomous vehicles, if they fulfill even a part of their promise, will do more to make this country green than all the climate NGOs put together, save more lives than Mothers Against Drunk Driving could dream of, and transform human life more than any invention since the personal computer.

Posted by at September 22, 2016 6:18 PM

  

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