Robot, You Can Drive My Car

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Google's Chris Urmson (R) shows a Google self-driving car to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (L) and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt (C) at the Google headquarters on February 2, 2015.

After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. In Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Jerry Kaplan examines the brave new world of robots: driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents. Although these technologies have the potential to improve our lives, they could also leave many people without a job.

Kaplan teaches computer science at Stanford, and on the first day of his classes, he urges his student to watch this video, which he used as the title of his book.