The technological revolution has given rise to the development of many complex gadgets and devices which, 100 years ago, no one could have ever predicted. Lifestyles of the 20th and 21st century couldn’t be more different. Technology has allowed humans to overcome the obstacles of time and space, in order to achieve tasks that were previously deemed impossible. Not only can we contact anyone on the face of the Earth, we can extend people’s lives with organ transplants and we have even put man on the moon. It seems as though there is nothing that can come in our way; as a race, we have become unstoppable. Or have we? Unfortunately, every advantage comes with a disadvantage and as technology is hugely advantageous to us, we can only expect the drawbacks to be just as bad. Yes, technology has saved more lives than it has taken, but, its implications are largely mental, and irreversible.
Wouldn’t it be cool to wiz around from place to place without dealing with an elderly driver moving at a snail’s pace in front of you? Or what about the frustration you feel when a learner driver stalls, continuously, on an incline that you could drive up with your eyes closed? (seriously though, give the learners a break!) All of these feelings of anger and irritation could be eliminated through the use of autonomous vehicles; they’re not as ‘sci-fi’ as you might think. The likes of GoogleX, Tesla and Uber already have models which they’re testing. These are exciting times, huh. Don’t feel too excited though; satisfaction can’t come that easily. Therefore, in this post I’ll be discussing some of the legal and ethical challenges which we will face should a driverless world become a reality. I’m gonna get straight to it.
I recently found a Word document with this essay typed into it. As I read it, it brought back memories from last year when I chose to undertake an OpenYale course on iTunes U titled ‘Astrophysics: Frontiers and Controversies’ (conducted by professor Charles Bailyn of Yale University) which I found highly enjoyable, especially as an amateur on the subject. This was actually one of the assignments in the course which I extensively researched and deliberated upon – I cut it down for the purposes of this post to keep the message concise and snappy. If you want more information, hit me up and I’ll direct you to some more information.
Happy Monday! I hope your day got off to a flying start and you’ve been working hard – if not, don’t worry I’ve been pretty lazy lately too (in the sense that I’ve been reading books instead of doing homework and assignments…what a nerd). Nevertheless, today I participated in a space workshop, organised by Sci Art Exchange, where I was able to meet the lovely (former NASA employee) Dr Jancy McPhee and think about the ways in which science, coupled with art, can create amazing innovations.