The Driver in the Driverless Car

  • by Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever
  • Narrated by Julie Eickhoff
  • 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Technology is advancing faster than ever - but for better or for worse? On the one hand, astonishing technological developments from personalized genomics to self-driving cars to drones to artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. On the other hand, these very same technologies could raise the specter of a frightening and alienating future - eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and an ever-worsening spiral of economic inequality. How can we make appropriate decisions about whether and how to adopt new technologies? Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever propose that we ask three questions:


Does the technology have the potential to benefit everyone equally?
What are the risks and the rewards?
Does the technology more strongly promote autonomy or independence?

They subject a host of new and potential technologies to these questions, but ultimately it is up to the listener to make the final decision.

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Customer Reviews

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NOT about driverless cars

1. Most of the book talks about everything but autonomous/driverless cars.
2. The book is a collection of interesting facts, but very few deep insights. It rarely connects the dots, leaving the listener to say "So what?".
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- Amazon Customer

Great easily digestible intro to the future

Heard of "this AI thing", know that there is such a thing as cars who drive themselves but not quite sure what that means, and curious on whether solar energy really can replace oil and gas?

Vivek gives a great intro to all of this and more, balances his tech optimism and hopes of utopia with realism and the occasional dystopic scenario.

If you're been to Singularity University, heard Vivek's talks a number of times, and dabbled in these topics for a while this book might not be for you - but if you're just getting started, jump in head first and enjoy!
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- Anita b.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2017
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers