The biggest misconception of most people is that human beings will be replaced by robots. This is not true. In his book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, this is what Yuval Noah Harari says:
Since human beings are individuals , it is difficult to connect them to one another and to make sure they are all up to date. In contrast computers aren’t individuals, and it is easy to integrate them into a single flexible network. What we are facing is not the replacement of millions of individual human workers by millions of individual robots and computers, rather individual humans are likely to be replaced by an integrated network. When considering automation, therefore, it is wrong to compare the abilities of a single human driver to that of a single human driving car or of a single human doctor to that of a single AI (i.e. artificial intelligence) doctor. Rather, we should compare the abilities of an integrated network.”
Self driving cars
In order to explain such a complex issue, Harari chose two occupations as examples – doctors and drivers. Many drivers are unfamiliar with many traffic regulations and they often violate them. Every vehicle is an autonomous unit and the two drivers might miscommunicate their intentions and the result will be a collision. On the other hand, self driving cars will be connected to one another. When two such vehicles approach the same junction, they are not separate units because they are part of a single algorithm. The chances of miscommunication are much smaller. This makes the chances of a traffic accident much smaller.
-Paul Scharre’s Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.
– Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century