As our technology evolves does our safety evolve with it? Last Sunday night in Tempe, Arizona, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle. The self-driving car did have a safety-driver onboard, but both driver and vehicle failed to detect the pedestrian, who was just walking her bike across an intersection.
Something about self-driving cars rubs me the wrong way. Computers crash all the time. Planes even crash, and they have on average 4 skilled pilots in the cockpit. A plane is basically the same thing as a self-driving car. Your average driver, guaranteed, is not nearly as skilled as 4 professionally trained pilots.
Don’t get me wrong though, I think technology is awesome. In the 1800’s Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction. This was the first time in history we realized that we could have control over our electrons. Electrons are basically the life-blood of technology. An electron is a stable subatomic particle with a charge of negative electricity, found in all atoms and acting as the primary carrier of electricity in solids.
I say we keep the electrons carrying electricity in solids, and let the humans carry beings in cars.