The Case for the Steering Wheel (and Against Truly Driverless Cars)

Replacing the tailgating, tindering hoards with sensors makes easy sense if you believe that individual and mass optimizations can be achieved at once. Massachusetts Institute of Technology aeronautics professor David Mindell doesn’t. Mindell says that the idea of going from automatic to automated is a sci-fi dream that ignores 50 years of history. A veteran of autonomous vehicle design — with a focus on the underwater and the aerial — Mindell believes that robots shouldn’t be supplanting humans or even calling shotgun. His notion, outlined in his new book, Our Robots, Ourselves, is that we need AI and humans to work in harmony.