The chapter “Passengers” was all about whether or not self-driving cars will be beneficial or harmful to our society.  The author first talked about this personal experience with manual and automatic cars and gave his personal opinion, then moved on to give both sides of the argument.  He listed facts and statistics for both sides.  He also just talked about some really cool and interesting facts about Google’s self-driving car.

I believe that the responsibility of the car’s actions if something were to terribly go wrong with the computer programming, should be the programmers fault.  The person who owns the car bought the car under the impression that the software in the car knows exactly what it is doing and that nothing is wrong with it whatsoever.  Therefore, if something were to malfunction and go wrong and hurt and/or kill someone, that is not the driver’s fault.  He did not purchase the car with the fear that something “might go wrong”, he purchased the car because he was told nothing could possibly go wrong, the machine and its software know exactly what they are doing.  I do not see any possible way that they could blame the driver/owner of the car for the malfunctioning of the computer system, that the programmer programmed, not the driver/owner.

In my opinion, Carr’s tone here is very pessimistic and hesitant about the self-driving cars.  Especially when he says “Most daunting of all are the many legal, cultural and ethical hurdles a driverless car faces.”  The fact that he refers to them as daunting and hurdles does not seem like he has a very positive of optimistic tone about the future of these cars.  It seems to me that he is very hesitant about the challenges that are going to come with them.  I don’t like or dislike his tone, I just simply agree with it.  I agree with his doubts and hesitations about the driverless cars.  I believe the tone he chose is perfect because it draws on people’s emotions, rhetorically speaking.  It makes them start to think about the driverless cars more and think about the possible hurdles that come with them and how scary they can be.  I feel like Carr’s tone here is much less dramatic.  In the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” the tone was very forceful and and harsh.  Here, it is more hesitant and fearful, not harsh.


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