As you live and breathe, the world is slowly morphing into the futuristic cityscapes you would see in films; the timelines are often off by decades, but humanity is surely moving forward despite recessions or wars. Self-driving cars are the next step in automotive technology, a large change that will impact everyone’s daily life rather than a select few. Every day there are people, such as the group at anki.com, who spend every free moment on making these ideals a reality. It’s a concept that evokes thoughts both exhilarating and terrifying, but what’s certain is that this evolution will be fascinating all the way through.
The idea of putting your faith and your life in an artificial intelligence daily is a big thing to ask of any human being. It’s a monumental undertaking, but you can’t help but envy that there are people whom insist on making it happen. The benefits of such an advancement outweigh any negatives one can thing of, the most obvious plus being the most noteworthy; the removal of human error behind the wheel. When programmed correctly, an A.I. is flawless. It will never forget to check a blind spot before merging, or feel disoriented from a lack of rest. Cutting down on accidents means cutting down on injuries, which will lower insurance costs, but most importantly; it will save lives.
When you visit Anki’s website you’re immediately directed to their “Drive” project. Seemingly little more than a toy, you soon realize that this is their life’s work in a toy-sized scale. In action, their A.I. controlled cars speed across the track placed on the floor, making sharp turns and sharing the same road without unintentional collisions or diverting from the path. Though it is a game first and foremost, so the vision is interrupted at times with aggressive plays for the sake of being entertaining. The message still lies within though; our roads are essentially the same as this track, just on a larger scale. Creating coding for it’s eventual real-world use won’t be easy, but things worth having never are.
Such a change is nothing short of being the next wonder of the world. Much like the phones in our pockets, it will be a gradual progression, to the point it will seem completely natural when suddenly everyone can adopt it. In time we’ll wonder how we even got by without such a thing. It’s a brighter future that’s already in development today, and the next few years will definitely be something to look forward to.