Passengers

In the article “Passengers”, the author first talks about his experience with a manual car. He writes that automatic cars were a lot easier, but once he got an automatic car, he missed his manual car and the level of interaction he had while driving. He then discusses how far the automobile industry has come. Now, cars can drive themselves on busy roads and through intersections even though they don’t have the tactical thinking that humans have. Also, he talks about how the same kind of technology that self-driving cars use is being applied to almost every area of our lives. Everything we do has been made easier and now we’re getting lazy and have stopped challenging ourselves. And it’s this laziness that fuels our fascination with self-driving cars. To answer Carr’s question about who is responsible if someone is injured or killed due to a self-driving car, I believe that the owner of the car is responsible. They are the one who trusted the manufacturer and the one who decided to buy the car and use the auto-driving feature. Even if one is using the feature, they should still be paying attention to the road to take over if they need to. At first, the tone is very light when the author is talking about his first car, a manual yellow Subaru. Then, when he starts to discuss self-driving cars and how lazy we’re becoming, the tone starts to become more hesitant. He points out that there are so many unknowns about what might come from all this new technology. He states that “the costs are harder to pin down” and that you don’t appreciate everything you have until it’s gone, and most things we treasure but don’t know it are being fully or semi replaced by all the new technology. His tone is more relatable and understanding in this article than in “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”.

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