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In this strangely prescient episode that was recorded a few days before the first fatality involving an automated car, the boys discuss whether technology is now outstripping the ability of human  society and institutions to deal with it. What’s stopping self driving cars becoming mainstream and making commuting safer and faster than we could ever imagine ? Are self driving cars all they are cracked up to be or are we concentrating and magnifying the potential for error ?

Shourov expresses his frustration with self serving technologists expressing their frustration with society not changing fast enough. Abhik expresses his frustration with crap drivers. Brian expresses his frustration with nothing in particular.

In a far ranging discussion that is often only tenuously connected to the topic at hand, Brian, Abhik and Shourov talk technology, economics and philosophy. If robots end up doing all the useful jobs what is the purpose of human life ? What jobs are likely to go the way of fire watchers, blacksmiths, liftmen and television station managers into a blip on the timeline of human evolution ? And is the purpose of driving just about getting from point A or B or is there some deeper emotional need that it addresses.

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