The only beneficiary of driverless cars (outside of those who make and sell them) will be Silicone Valley. Will driverless cars give drivers leisure time in which they can read War and Peace or master Intermediate Hydraulics? No, sorry. Driverless cars – the first generation, at least – will require that the driver emeritus keeps an eye on the road, glancing from time to time at a video feed of the surrounding traffic.
I’d give, oh, 25-to-1 odds that that video feed will appear in a corner or a quadrant of a large screen offering full i-Phone capabilities.
Basically, whatever you do, as you tootle down the highway in your Tesla or Googlecar, including reading War and Peace, will be done on the internet.
Not only will internet providers and websites profit from the increase in users, which helps justify increased advertising rates, but driverless cars will represent a tremendous leap forward in the continuing infantilization of humanity (at least, of 99.99% of humanity).
I don’t have to spell out how valuable it is to the corporate sector to have an increasingly infantilized customer base.
I was thinking about my previous post, in which I drew a parallel between onanism and indulging in mockery of Trump, which I called political onanism; then I was thinking about driverless cars. And I came up with a conspiracy theory – that is, an improbable, but still not impossible, explanation for an otherwise perfectly intelligible occurrence, involving the covert machinations of some wily group of powerful people – about the current frenzy, whipped up by the media, over sexual harassment.
The effect of this harassment hysteria on people’s sex lives – especially men’s – will be catastrophic.
As male-female relationships become more and more of a minefield, more and more people, of all genders, will rely on masturbation when they are feeling horny.
Just like driverless cars, that – via on-line porn – will add to the internet click-rate.
Of course, men and women will still find ways to get together. But how?
“How will a man even be able to approach a woman now?” as a friend of mine put it.
“The internet,” I replied without thinking.
The only safe flirting – that is, flirting with someone you can be sure wants to be flirted with – will be through dating websites or other on-line lists of available partners.
So, to shopping, banking, politics, entertainment, friendship, community association and, in due course, transportation, education and health care, as primarily internet-administered human activities, we now can add sex.