The Driver in the Driverless Car

The Driver in the Driverless Car

How Your Technology Choices Create the Future

Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever


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Tech experts Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever describe dozens of astonishing technological advances in this fascinating and thought-provoking book, which asks what kind of future lies ahead—Star Trek or Mad Max?

Breakthroughs such as personalized genomics, drones, self-driving vehicles, and artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. On the other hand, the same technologies raise the specter of a frightening future—eugenics, a jobless economy, a complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic inequality.

Wadhwa says that we need to ask three questions about every emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are the risks and the rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? This edition is updated throughout and includes a new chapter on quantum computing, which promises vastly increased processing times—and vastly increased security risks. In the end, our future is up to us; our hands may not be on the wheel, but we will decide the driverless car's destination.


Vivek Wadhwa:
Vivek Wadhwa is a distinguished fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering in Silicon Valley. He is the bestselling author of Your Happiness Was Hacked, The Driver in the Driverless Car, The Immigrant Exodus, and Innovating Women. He has been a globally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and held appointments at Duke University, Stanford Law School, Emory University, and Singularity University.

Alex Salkever served as vice president of marketing communications at Mozilla. He was a technology editor of BusinessWeek and a regular science contributor to the Christian Science Monitor. He is the coauthor of The Driver in the Driverless Car and The Immigrant Exodus. He continues to write and consult in technology.