the automobile would unleash a wave of historically unprecedented job creation centered around the internal combustion engine: mechanics, assembly line workers, gas station attendants, car washes, meter maids, and many, many more
I’m not convinced the “Self-Driving” evolution will match the industrial revolution, but I agree jobs will be created as long as the hype and opportunity continues – one death by autonomous can kill this as shown partly by the Tesla issue.
If the system in Japan works it will prove a successful alignment of public and private infrastructure since the community will need to protect the “national strategic special zones” to let the robots manage their way through the streets.
GM needs to be much more cautious on self-driving tech rollouts than companies like Tesla, due to their size and financial exposure. Regardless, driving while sleeping will always be a problem, so watching eyeballs is a good idea. A year ago this was not part of the design so GM is learning from early adopters.
When I read “artificial” and “intelligence” in the same sentence I stand to attention. I think the human brain goes way beyond “baby steps” – if trained with anything close to the diligence of what these AI systems are being fed by massive supercomputers.