Google has been experimenting with driverless cars. It seems plausible that truck drivers may soon be losing jobs to robot vehicles. The same trend is happening in agriculture too with autonomous farm equipment. ReadWriteWeb isn’t sure if this is a good thing. Neither am I. But it is inevitable.
The Google car is extraordinary. It’s driven itself 140,000 miles in all manner of conditions with no accidents and probably is safer than having a human drive it. Farm combines operating in huge fields without a human operating it may be equally safe.
But what about the 000.1 % of the time when you do need human intervention? Then there’s all those lost jobs too. A triple UPS truck with no driver may well appear on I-15 here in Utah one day soon and another segment of skilled labor will begin to become obsolete.