Summary of The Driver in the Driverless Car

How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future

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The Driver in the Driverless Car book summary
Watch “exponentially advancing technologies” to see why humanity’s guiding hand still matters.


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Does the future hold a Star Trek utopia or a Mad Max dystopia – ordinary people will decide. For now, humanity is the ambivalent “driver” of technological change. Your voice matters in urgent debates about driverless cars, killer drones, artificial intelligence, job-stealing robots, data privacy and gene splicing. In this rapid-fire look at current and near-future paradigm-shifting technology, futurist Vivek Wadhwa – writing with tech editor Alex Salkever – focuses on equitability, risk versus benefit, and autonomy versus reliance. getAbstract recommends their eye-opening report to entrepreneurs, technologists, innovators, investors, futurists and curious consumers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What experts mean by the term “exponential technologies”;
  • Which technologies will affect humankind most forcefully by around 2040; and
  • How human choices matter in shaping a peaceful, equitable futuristic world and avoiding disaster.


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In the unevenly distributed lurch toward the future, public discussion about the risks and benefits of rapidly developing technologies suggests that societies don’t really have a say in shaping their own progress. Yet, when social systems and infrastructures crumble, civilization...
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About the Authors

Engineering professor, entrepreneur and columnist Vivek Wadhwa teaches at Carnegie Mellon and Duke. He co-authored The Immigrant Exodus – a 2012 The Economist book of the year. Former tech editor for BusinessWeek online, Alex Salkever is VP of communications at Mozilla.

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    Martin De Urgoiti 1 week ago
    ? The conclusion is to make smart choices?
    While the summary lists some technologies of the future, it fails to explain the interdependencies and the transition from one -topia to the next.
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    Steve Smith 3 weeks ago
    Very good summary explaining the benefits and downfalls of technology advances and how it affects jobs would recommend

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