With the Tesla truck being announced, Volvo unveiling their self-driving truck in Beijing, and Embark already hauling freight autonomously, truck driver Finn Murphy of The Guardian wants to know what the displaced — and not just truck drivers — are supposed to do when they are made redundant.
For drivers like me, driverless trucks are the power loom and the sheepskin. There are about 3 million of us in the US alone (plus 600,000 in Britain), and we will soon be extraneous – roadkill, so to speak, except we won’t be dead. That makes us, as one driver said, “disposable people”. Too bad for us, you might think. We’re on the wrong side of history.
Maybe so, but guess what? You’re next. When automation starts displacing lawyers, accountants and bankers, then we might see some push-back about the social costs of technology. So long as it’s only truckers and factory workers getting sacked, well, there’s always Walmart, McDonald’s, or food stamps.
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