One of the common errors that thoughtful intelligent people generally make is to assume that everyone else is equally as thoughtful and intelligent. The reason, however, that people today react negatively to the concept of AVs is not because they are capable of contemplating any consequences. It is because they suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect and imagine themselves to be skillful drivers whose agency would be taken from them. But we know that all one needs in order to appeal to the masses is to make the product sufficiently entertaining. Millions of people have paid their own money to put Orwell Boxes into their homes because the designers knew to make them "cute" and "interactive." AVs will rapidly triumph once designers put huge screens everywhere and include surround-sound. The tedious commute can thus be transformed into a personal cornucopia of flickering images and sounds guaranteed to divert the most ADHD customer. At this point 99% of people will forget about their eagerness to text while driving and sit back and gawp happily as the AV transports them without incident to their destination. If the AV can also include a dispenser for sugary beverages & confections, customer demand will dramatically exceed supply.

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Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.