With a platoon of self-driving trucks successfully arriving to the Port of Rotterdam, the technology may soon displace 1.6 million drivers in the US alone; however, the cost-savings and the safety benefits alone may be well worth the "devastating blow to the economy."
While the efficiency gains are real — too real to pass up — the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well. There are currently more than 1.6 million Americans working as truck drivers, making it the most common job in 29 states.
The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy. And the adverse consequences won’t end there. Gas stations, highway diners, rest stops, motels and other businesses catering to drivers will struggle to survive without them.
|“The promise of quasi-infinite and free energy is here.”|
|Facebook Has Gone Rogue: Time to Find an Alternative|
|First the Floppy, Now Apple Has Killed the CD|
|"Renewable are no longer ‘alternative.’ Rather, fossil fuels are increasingly ‘legacy.’"|
|Space Exploration Will Be Quite Unlike Anything Seen Before|
|“You become more difficult for an algorithm to understand, market to, or manipulate.”|
|Smart Solar Panel Window Blinds|
|"The machine had gotten inside the human’s head."|
|"Low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle."|
|"The most automated warehouse of its kind"|
|Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans|
|"Contact could mean extraordinary things for humanity if it happens soon."|
|"How will that impact human evolution going forward?"|
|Changing the Oil of Your Car is so Easy, Even a Kid Can Do It|
|A Brief History of the Entire World, I Think|
|"Synthetic biology is the realm of creating life from scratch."|