For decades we have tried to build a car that will drive itself. Anthony M. Townsend's Ghost Road argues convincingly that the driverless car is a red herring. When self-driving technology infects buses, bikes, delivery vans, & even buildings, a wild, woollier, future awaits.
Technology will transform life behind the wheel into a hi-def video game that makes our ride safer, smoother, & more efficient. Meanwhile, autonomous vehicles will turbocharge our appetite for the instant delivery of goods, making the future as much about moving stuff as it is about moving people. For-profit companies will link the automated machines that move us to the cloud, raising concerns about mobility monopolies & privatization of the curb. Our cities & towns will change as we embrace new ways to get around.
Ghost Road explains where we might be headed together in driverless vehicles, & the choices we must make as societies & individuals to shape that future.
Join Anthony M. Townsend, author of Ghost Road, in conversation with Betaworks' CEO John Borthwick at 6:30pm. Anthony & John will discuss the themes covered in Townsend's book & take audience questions about the future of the road.