Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
Why Robot Cars & Trucks May
Never Be Ready for Prime Time
on Public Roads
Ride-share company Uber tested some driverless cars
recently in California. They failed miserably, getting
Now, these cars are very intelligent. They are
programmed with all the rules of the road. They have
state-of-the-art sensors and are completely aware of
So, what is the problem?
Human beings don’t always follow rules and are not
always rational. They are emotional, and often do
Many humans view driving as a challenge, a competition.
They may cut a robot off to vie for a better position.
They may also be evil - deliberately colliding with a
robot so as to sue its owner for damages.
Humans are better defensive drivers than robots. They
are equipped with emotions, unlike their robot
They know to expect the unexpected. They learn from
their road experiences.
Of course, great leaps are being made in the
development of AI (Artificial Intelligence)...machines
that can learn through experience, and actually grow
new digital synapses.
(In the human brain, synapses are connections between
neurons - brain cells. Humans create new synapses
throughout their lives. The average human brain has
about 1,000 trillion synaptic connections.)
But humans have something an AI robot will never
have... Something that is tied to the emotional and
spiritual aspects of humans:
A Sixth Sense.
Not only can we benefit from our years of Observation
and Experience (specialized knowledge) - we can also
know the unknowable. We get hunches and gut feelings
about things before they happen.
We receive flashes of insight from the future we call
(I believe deja vu experiences are actually messages
from our immediate future selves. That’s why they feel
like memories - they are memories in reverse!)
AI does not, and cannot, have these.
So, there are only two ways robot vehicles can operate
1. Operate on their own self-contained roadway systems,
as in railroads; or
2. Congress would have to outlaw humans from operating
their vehicles on pubic roads. (Unlikely, as I doubt
folks would tolerate a loss of freedom of that degree.
Oh yes, pedestrians would need to be outlawed as well.)
Most likely, driverless cars will not appear until they
Your Friend and Servant,
P.S. The Sixth Sense is actually the First Sense. Fully
developed and active at our birth, it becomes buried
under overwhelming mounds of input from our five
physical senses - and suggestions of disbelief.