Meanwhile, Elon Musk has stated yesterday that Tesla will be producing fully autonomous vehicles by 2020. Beyond that prediction, he also said some fundamental stuff related to this broader discussion:
"The former is 'absolutely fundamental,' as relying on CO2-emitting engines that run on fossil fuels represents an objectively real 'fundamental risk to humanity'."
"But also very important is autonomy,” he said, commenting that it is “very important to save millions of lives, tens of millions of serious injuries, and give people their time back so they don’t have to drive.”
Elon's former statement is existential. Elon's latter implies two things, if my interpretation is on the mark:
1) Humans are terrible drivers and AI can do it better.
2) Humans have far better ways to spend their time than driving.
I can agree with all that, assuming autonomous vehicles are all electric. But it is quite clear that some individuals in this thread prefer to drive as a choice, regardless of the availability or quality of self driving vehicles. Assuming self driving vehicles become the norm as time goes on, the cost of that choice may become prohibitive.
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