Look Ma - no intelligence

By T.C. Howitt

Nov 09, 2017

In response to an article from MIT Technology Review: Robo-cars and Humans Will Struggle to Coexist, at Least For Now

(Just look at that image: a gaggle of reporters and eager riders fawning over the city’s new self-driving shuttle while a giant mechanical praying mantis looms over them. Ominous, yes?)

A self-driving bus get into an accident within 2 hours of its maiden voyage and humans get the blame.

Headline: Human at fault in accident with Las Vegas driverless shuttle

Headline: Human blamed in self-driving shuttle bus collision

Headline: Self-driving bus gets into accident on its first day in Las Vegas, human driver blamed for collision

The city has issued a statement saying, “The shuttle did what it was supposed to do.”

A Digital Trends journalist who was aboard when the accident happened says, “What the autonomous shuttle bus didn’t expect was that the truck would back up towards it… We had plenty of time to watch it happen. I was taking pictures… This collision, like 90 percent of traffic incidents on our roads, was the result of human error… Next time you’re in Vegas, give the self-driving shuttle a chance.”

Humans are indeed to blame for this minor accident – and they will be to blame for all future accidents involving autonomous vehicles – not because humans can’t drive as well as robots, but because at root we’re surrendering our cognitive freedom to technological idols.

What do I mean by “cognitive freedom?” Simply this: the ability to shift a car into reverse or to drive around a slow-moving truck when nobody has trained you to perform that particular task. It’s also known as intelligence, which no machine will ever possess or even simulate to a satisfactory degree, and we are to blame for assuming it could and already bowing to its image. We are even willing to perform human sacrifices to our technological idols.