Adapted excerpt from "How to Be Human in the Digital Economy" by Nicholas Agar. Copyright 2019 MIT Press.
We know that human workers face a threat from very efficient digital technologies. I would not trust a 2019 driverless car to navigate the streets my hometown Wellington, New Zealand. But for Waymo, Uber, Tesla, and the rest, Wellington’s awkward highways and byways are work in progress. We should expect driverless cars that navigate them more safely than any human. Woe betide the many humans who make their livings driving us around.