MINDSET with Gambrah Sampeney Kwabena Adjei: VHS cassette


In the late eighties (80’s) there was a series I used to watch on VHS cassette called Knight Rider.

The fascination with Knight Rider was the fact that it had a car which could speak and also move around by itself.

In today’s modern world, the car would be considered as a high-tech, artificially intelligent automobile.

In watching Knight Rider, I could only relate to the car in a fantasy manner, never did I consider that I will one day, in the future, watch on TV again a car that can navigate itself and talk as well.

Arizona – a state in the USA, is tagged as the capital of self-driving cars.

In fact, some of the Uber cars in Arizona are self-driving types.

The self-driving cars have gotten lots of internal and external sensors which help it in its navigations.

As a matter of fact, there are companies which are fully dedicated to manufacturing such type of cars. For e.g. Waymo and Tesla.

Now, in the course of watching a documentary on these self-driving cars, some people expressed their fears about such cars.

Their concerns were skewed toward the fact that such innovations would eventually make people jobless.

Inasmuch as their concerns are very legitimate, history shows that human beings have always turned out better with such innovations.

Fire, at a point, was an innovation.

Spears and knives, at a point, were innovations.

Ships and planes, at a point, were all innovations.

Inasmuch as these self-driving cars wouldn’t have a physical person within it, it would also definitely need physical persons to fix the other add-ons that go with them.

There would eventually be booth stops which would require other forms of supervision and emergency fixes to such self-driving vehicles.

What is rather needed in such times, is unlearning what you already know with physically and manually driving a car to learning how to control such self-driving cars.

No amount of apathy for innovations would make them go away, it rather behooves on us to adapt to them.

The truth is, innovations are needed for more jobs to be created.

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