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I predict that there will never be self driving cars in mass. I just don't think any computer can be smart enough to adapt to wildly changing road conditions, and by the time such technology is worked out, self driving cars will be illegal due to liability concerns and ghastly crashes that are widely covered by the news. Stories of police officers and young children run over by self driving cars with helpless passengers will shock the public in banning them.

Plus cheap oil is running out and there won't be enough coal to power the plants to run all of the cars and by then many places will be dealing with the death and destruction brought on climate change.

Science Says That To Fight Ignorance, We Must Start By Admitting Our Own

Science is not a philosophy or a spiritual path; it's a way of behaving in the world. But since tribalism and polarization have made "alternative facts" a reality of public life, there is something we can learn from science to help us navigate the troubled waters and find a more resilient civic life. The lesson begins with understanding the right relationship not to knowing but to not knowing. To be blunt, if we want to fight ignorance, we must start with our own."

"Last year, I wrote about the dangerous public turn away from expertise. As Tom Nichols wrote in his book The Death of Expertise, we've found ourselves in a strange position in which people who know almost nothing about difficult and complicated subjects are righteous in their rejection of others who have spent years studying those very same fields."