I’ve been really excited about the safety effects of self-driving cars for a while. But recently, I thought that if cars can self-drive, so can trucks – and that would mean the loss of over 3 million decent-paying jobs for low-skilled workers, mainly men. That prospect, of course, is years in the future, and it might be alleviated by requirements like those on airlines that require human pilots to be on board even though computers do most of the flying these days. But it’s the sort of issue that we will increasingly see as machines team up with computers to replace many low-skilled jobs we currently take for granted.
— Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.