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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Just right

Just right. Smart, courageous, concise. The insights on education were thoughtful and the musings on our driverless future were very accurate.
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- samuel bryant

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

Book Details

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