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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No fresh view, tepid performance

The author recaps what’s been discussed in the tech and other related fields in a rather uninspiring way.
Those who have read a couple of books about these topics will quickly realize this book is a simple summary of latest research, projections and reflections. For those who are not familiar with these topics, this book can be a starting point, but not a good one, though.
Worse, the narrator sounds like, ironically, a robot or voice software. It was a torture for me to finish up this poorly performed audiobook.
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- SJ

A peak into the near future

One of the best books that I have read, by far. It explains technology in plain simple english. It covers almost all future technologies, their current state and future prospects. It also warns us about their potential dangers and how to minimise them. Each and every statement made in this book, comes from a verifiable source. Also, I like the way moore's law has been explained w.r.t each technology. A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE.
- Sourabh Shankar
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- Sourabh Shankar

Book Details

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