Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?

There's a train speeding down the tracks towards five innocent people who will never get away in time. You can save them by pulling a switch, but it'll kill another person on a different track. It's a thought experiment people have debated for ages, but it's about to become a real dilemma when we program robots to… » 5/12/14 4:06pm 5/12/14 4:06pm

Morgan Stanley Thinks Self-Driving Cars Will Bring Utopia by 2026

The term "techno-utopian" is helpful for referring to people who believe technology alone can solve the world's problems. The term is rarely used literally. But if the financial services company Morgan Stanley is to be believed, driverless cars will literally bring about a utopian society in just over a decade. » 2/25/14 7:33pm 2/25/14 7:33pm

All Work and No Play Makes Self-Driving Cars a Dull Ploy

Back in the 1950s and 60s, self-driving cars represented the fantastic life of luxury that was supposed to be just around the corner. But here in the 21st century we can't even pretend that our driverless cars of the future will be filled with board games and light reading. No, our self-driving car of tomorrow will be… » 2/17/14 2:49pm 2/17/14 2:49pm

Autonomous Cars vs. Driving Enjoyment. Discuss.

As I sat in Washington DC traffic this morning, I contemplated what life would be like if I got to stretch out in my car watching a movie or catching up on email vs. what I was doing, which sucked. The purist in me wants to row my own gears, find that perfect back road and just enjoy driving. The commuter in me is, at… » 3/27/13 9:13am 3/27/13 9:13am

A Driverless Car Will Be The First Real Robot You'll Own

Nevada has already started licensing driverless cars. California is right behind them, albeit with a few more caveats (big off switches, etc). This is just the beginning, of course. Driverless cars are absolutely coming, and in many ways this is the biggest advancement in motoring since the cupholder and 8-track… » 9/26/12 2:00pm 9/26/12 2:00pm