Friday, September 7, 2018

Autonomous Man: An Endangered Species

            Autonomous: a) having the freedom to act independently, b) having the right or power of self-government, c) undertaken or carried on without outside control, d) existing or capable of existing independently, e) responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole.

Self-governing. Independent. Free. Self-ruling. Sovereign.

Founding principles. Quintessentially American traits. All of which are dying out.
Everything is conspiring to take autonomy from individuals and grant it to governments and “special interest groups.” Everything is conspiring to take autonomy from individuals and give it to robots, cars, et. al.
Remarkably, willingly, humans are writing themselves out of their own story. We are relinquishing our precious freedoms to bureaucrats and machines.
Whether it’s individuals ceding control of their life to governments or dictators, or the whole human race stepping aside to let artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles take over, the end result will be the same. We will become indentured servants to the state, and Uncle Tom’s to our robotic masters.

Autonomous vehicles? I want autonomous humans.

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