This can be used to question any political implications that the future may bring but one that will definitely happen in our lifetime. Driverless cars…
Yes. The very ones that Google is working on. They will be mainstream sooner than you think. Think Early 2030s.
So with that in mind comes a whole slew of ethical, moral, and legal questions. At this point Google and Volvo are still working out the legal kinks for making them state legal (that’s pretty conservative no doubt), but what’s next?
Herein lies the problem that all conservatives, republicans, and libertarians will deal with whenever new and emerging technology comes onto the market. That’s right more big government laws and regulations!!
A recent article has brought up some of these ethical questions that we will face in the future (I added a few of my own):
A privately owned and government maintained system maybe the DMV? will operate the future computerized roads
A bunch of government trained computer monitors will keep an eye on all the systems, to make sure traffic flows normally. Settings by of course the US government agencies.
You may not legally be able to own your own car
Seen as immoral to drive because of the danger of driving especially if these new cars of the future go 300 MPH (iRobot)
[/LIST]I’m drawing a blank now, but adds some ethical questions about the future debate in 50-60 years that we will be having as a nation about Robotic and computer Rights.