It may seem strange to new readers to discover that this site about how technology relates to education also has content about self driving cars. So why do I cover this too?
When I first started researching how technology was changing education, I began to realize that technology can affect education in indirect ways. It isn’t just about a computer in the classroom, it’s also how society itself is being changed by technology. Sometimes these changes take a long time. For example it took almost 40 years for 1/4 of US households to have electricity. The rate of technological change has been speeding up though.
Some of these technologies are absorbed into existing industries and processes smoothly and increase productivity. The telephone is a good example. I can’t think of any industries that were exterminated by the telephone. If a technology comes along that causes existing structures to be affected, we say that is a disruptive technology. I happen to believe that self driving cars are a very disruptive technology and they are evolving quickly enough to watch the process unfold, which is rare. Therefore I am following this technology because it provides an example of how technology can change society, and thus change education indirectly.
The other reason I am following it is because to get self driving cars to work require a lot of other technologies like machine vision, ad hoc networking, and artificial intelligence to be advanced. All of this will affect schools directly.
Here’s a big post I did last year called The Implications Of Google’s Self-Driving Cars.
Anyway, here is a video hosted on Slashdot with author Peter Wayner who has written books on this very subject. I can’t embed it here but you can just click through and watch. It’s about 8 min long and quite interesting.