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008 Alex Salkever and Vivek Wadhwa: The driver in the driverless car

The book discusses the potential effects of technological advancements, specifically the rise of artificial intelligence, on the job market, economy, and society.

Alex Salkever and Vivek Wadhwa: The driver in the driverless car


The book examines how technology, particularly artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, will disrupt industries, transform economies, and reshape societies. The authors discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of these advancements and provide insights on how to prepare for the future.


Title: The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future

Author: Alex Salkever and Vivek Wadhwa

Publishing Year: 2019

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Length: 5 hours and 58 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. AI and autonomous vehicles will have far-reaching effects on the job market and economy, leading to both job displacement and creation.
  2. The integration of AI into various industries will lead to increased efficiency, productivity, and cost savings.
  3. There will be significant ethical and regulatory challenges associated with the rise of AI and autonomous vehicles.
  4. The development of AI and autonomous vehicles will require collaboration between various stakeholders, including government, private companies, and citizens.
  5. The potential benefits of these technological advancements can only be realized if they are used responsibly and with the best interests of society in mind.
Alex Salkever and Vivek Wadhwa: The driver in the driverless car

5 funny quotes

  1. "Soon we'll be able to drive to work and not even think about driving to work."
  2. "Driverless cars will give new meaning to the term 'backseat driver.'"
  3. "With driverless cars, traffic jams will be a thing of the past. Unless, of course, the robots get stuck in traffic too."
  4. "Driverless cars will be like chauffeurs who never complain about their job."
  5. "Driverless cars will be so good, they'll make us wonder why we ever let humans drive in the first place."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Self-driving cars are the most transformative technology in the history of humanity."
  2. "The driverless car is like the internet on wheels."
  3. "The rise of autonomous vehicles is likely to be the most significant event in human transportation since the invention of the internal combustion engine."
  4. "As driverless cars go mainstream, they will completely transform the way we live our lives."
  5. "Driverless cars will be a true paradigm shift, a complete game-changer for society as we know it."

5 dilemmas

  1. How will the rise of autonomous vehicles impact jobs in the transportation industry, and what will be done to help those who are displaced by the new technology?
  2. Who will be held responsible if a driverless car is involved in an accident, and how will insurance companies adjust to the new risks?
  3. How will cities adapt to the new transportation landscape, and what infrastructure will need to be put in place to support autonomous vehicles?
  4. Will people be willing to give up control of their cars and trust machines to do the driving for them?
  5. How will autonomous vehicles impact the environment, both in terms of emissions and land use?

5 examples

  1. Tesla's Autopilot system has already allowed drivers to let go of the steering wheel and let the car drive itself on highways.
  2. Uber has launched a pilot program for self-driving cars in select cities, with the goal of eventually replacing human drivers.
  3. Google's Waymo is currently testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles in several states, with plans to launch a driverless ride-sharing service in the near future.
  4. Ford has invested heavily in autonomous vehicle technology and plans to have a self-driving car on the market by 2021.
  5. General Motors acquired Cruise Automation, a self-driving car start-up, and plans to have a fleet of autonomous vehicles on the road in 2019.

Referenced books

  1. "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  2. "The Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton M. Christensen
  3. "The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology" by Ray Kurzweil
  4. "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom
  5. "The Industries of the Future" by Alec Ross

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"Driverless cars will be a true paradigm shift, a complete game-changer for society as we know it."

Alex Salkever and Vivek Wadhwa: The driver in the driverless car
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