Driverless Car Neil Postman Analysis

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Neil Postman dives into a deeper understanding of technology and how he perceives certain technological developments. He considers the outcome that technology has on societies and cultures and then evaluates them to see if they are beneficial or detrimental. He also examines what people, who base their lives around technology, do to keep technology in power. His ideas about technology are in a perspective that numerous people would not consider because he is willing to contemplate all the angles of technology. Driverless cars have become a recent design that most people would consider a huge step for mankind in technological advancement but after reading Postman and getting some insight of his views on technology, driverless cars could end…show more content…
Another article states, “But what if drunk and stoned college kids never had to drive? The driverless car could unsettle these public policy debates by removing an important trump card in arguments against individual liberty and individual responsibility.” Driverless cars are not the only solution because humanity already has an option now which would be ubers, security shuttles, or even designated drivers. Not to mention that people will be out of work because driving provides a lot of job—cab drivers, truck drivers, delivery drivers. Technology would have left hundreds to thousands of people out of work and increased the unemployment rate substantially. Furthermore, people will be willingly giving up their privacy for these driverless cars. In the last article, the driverless car can recommend different items based upon preferences. It knows your preferences because the vehicle has combed through your emails, identified key words, and assessed related messages for emotional tone. The car heard the conversation, picked up on brand keywords, and knew to suggest the same beer for a shopping list when it went on sale. People are willingly giving up a significant element such as privacy just to enhance the momentum of technology. People would even have to come up with updated terms to describe the situation. The age of the “whistlecar” or robotaxi is what a researcher has come up with so far and it will only expand form here.
Neil Postman’s subjective opinions toward technology are hard to handle at first but once people fully submerge themselves into it then it appears his views are not so harsh and extreme. I believe that Postman’s ideas are confirmed by the concept of driverless technology because, keeping his attitude in mind, it is clear what road society is on when it comes to technology and it makes people more aware of the subtle
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