Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk believes that cars you can control will eventually be outlawed in favor of ones that are controlled by robots. The simple explanation: Musk believes computers will do a much better job than us to the point where, statistically, humans would be a liability on roadways.
“I don’t think we have to worry about autonomous cars, because that’s sort of like a narrow form of AI,” Musk told NVidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the technology company’s annual developers conference today. “It would be like an elevator. They used to have elevator operators, and then we developed some simple circuitry to have elevators just automatically come to the floor that you’re at … the car is going to be just like that.” So what happens when we get there? Musk said that the obvious move is to outlaw driving cars. “It’s too dangerous,” Musk said. “You can’t have a person driving a two-ton death machine.”
Bryan and I have talked about this more than once on the Weekly Exhaust podcast.
We humans are fucking idiots, driven by emotion and occasionally use our higher brains to achieve amazing things in areas like science, literature, and healthcare.
I’ll tell you a few things a self-driving car won’t do:
- text his friend while driving
- drive after drinking 7 Coronas
- drive angry after a blowout fight with her boyfriend
I look forward to the day manual cars are leisure vehicles we enjoy on the weekends and not something we have to endure on the highway 2 hours a day to go to and from work.