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The Driver in the Driverless Car

How Your Technology Choices Create the Future
Narrated by: James Gillies
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
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Summary

Tech experts Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever describe dozens of astonishing technological advances in this fascinating and thought-provoking book, which asks what kind of future lies ahead - Star Trek or Mad Max?

Breakthroughs such as personalized genomics, drones, self-driving vehicles, and artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. On the other hand, the same technologies raise the specter of a frightening future - eugenics, a jobless economy, a complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic inequality.

Wadhwa says that we need to ask three questions about every emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are the risks and the rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? This edition is updated throughout and includes a new chapter on quantum computing, which promises vastly increased processing times - and vastly increased security risks. In the end, our future is up to us; our hands may not be on the wheel, but we will decide the driverless car's destination.

©2019 Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever (P)2019 Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever

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  • 20-08-19

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I had the opportunity to hear Vivek Wadhwa speak in May of 2019. Much of his talk was covered in this book. It was fabulous! It was hard to listen to a different voice cover the material.