Topic: Scientists predict in the near future cars will be driven by computers, not people. Why? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
In recent years, significant breakthroughs in the field of information technology have brought about radical changes to our lifestyle. Experts have also raised speculations about the domination of automatic cars in the near future. A plethora of reasons are given to support this idea, for which I personally assume as a drawback to our advancement.
There are two main reasons for such prediction. First and foremost, the idea of self-operating vehicles has always been one of the primary concerns of researchers since the birth of artificial intelligence. Plus, scientists have already achieved considerable progresses in making that dream a reality, which can be observed in manufacturing industries where human labor is getting continual replacement by machines. Secondly, with computer systems involving in the operation process, passengers are less likely to suffer from accident due to human errors, thus lessen the road casualties. These two and many other reasons ultimately adhere to people’s belief about this imminent shift.
Having said that, I do not find this idea a welcoming one. As I perceive it, we are now on the verge of losing all the necessary skills that we acquired due to our overdependence and addiction to high-tech equipment. This change in cars could even worsen our abilities to foresee the upcoming situations and take full control of the cars in case the computers go malfunction. Also, this transformation once completed may exert a severe impact on transportation services like the public transit or taxi, with thousands of drivers could go unemployed.
To recapitulate, there are a great many elements to support that the evolution of four-wheeled vehicles is not far-fetched at all. However, I believe there are still unknown effects of this dream to our lives apart from my abovementioned points. This issue really needs further research before we can execute it.
Võ Minh Sử – Chủ sáng lập Homeschooling English Center.