We want to get the technology to the point where it’s safe to let the driver rest and sleep in his cabin and we can drive for him, exit to exit.
The Man Who Built Google’s First Self-Driving Car Is Now a Trucker
Mark Harris

Lets at least be honest about this. Perhaps at some intermediate stage there will continue to be human drivers. But that’s all it is. An intermediate stage. The next stage will be no human drivers.

Trucking is particularly suited to autonomous self driving vehicles. The writing is on the wall. The only question is when this will happen.

I’ve been meaning to write an article on basic income.

If technology displaces a whole class of workers (truck drivers, for example), then those who apply the technology should be taxed and that tax should be applied to a universal basic income pool.

Self-driving vehicles are the most visible example of technology displacing human workers. The technology exists now, it just needs to be proven and accepted.

If society allows technology to displace human workers without imposing any cost on the application of the technology, we will end up with a dystonian society where a large underclass has no steady employment or income.

In this dystopian society, there will be perhaps ten or twenty percent of the population that can get “knowledge worker” jobs.

There will be another ten or twenty percent who do jobs like plumbing and carpentry, which are difficult to automate. Everyone else will only work sporadically, perhaps at “on demand” jobs like housecleaning (another job that is difficult to automate). These people will live in an underclass that constantly struggles for survival.

That’s a pretty bleak world. Technology is supposed to improve our world, not make it worse. If all technology does is increase the wealth of those that have the capital to deploy it, technology does not serve humanity.

Technology is a force that cannot be stopped. But what can be controlled is how it is applied and whether society allows it to be applied without imposing any cost on those who apply the technology.

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