In the world of tomorrow, we will have some interesting concepts that are going to rise. They, the concepts, will cause ethical issues. One of them is happening today. The Tesla Auto-Pilot system is blamed frequently for driver issues. In nice words, the Tesla crashes and the car and auto-pilot are blamed. Here is the reality of that – the AutoPilot system on a Tesla is not a self-driving car. It is a driver assist system. If you take your hands off the wheel, and you crash, it is really on the human driver. But we don’t always see technology like that. I have a really good friend that has stayed away from the voice-activated and digital assistants until recently.
He bought one, I was stopping by his house, visiting, and he wanted to answer the phone using Alexa. The phone rang, he used the proper nomenclature (Alexa answer my phone), but it didn’t work. He called m on the phone and asked me to stop by. I knew the minute I walked into his house why Alexa wasn’t working properly. It was connected to his POTs line (Pots is Plain old telephone service). I showed him what he needed to buy on Amazon to connect his Alexa device to his phone line. There has to be a connection for the system to work. The same is true of my first example the Tesla Auto Pilot. It isn’t a truly driverless car, as there isn’t an AI-focused on driving.
The reality of technology is that technology is a tool. Technology doesn’t do anything without a human today. Yes, there are automated systems, but they are designed by humans.
Soon, as 5g becomes more and more available, driverless cars will appear. But they are not the cars you see today. They will be different. It is a critical thing to remember that only a few cars have production Auto-pilot systems. There are not production driverless cars today. There are custom driverless cars, but those are not fully production-ready. It is important that we always remember that as things appear, we fully understand what the impact will be.
Auto-pilot is not driverless.
Would you sit in a car with no driver today?