Computers: America Must Stay Independent

Joshua Harris Finkelstein
Writing 122
February 23, 2011

Computers: America Must Stay Independent

Imagine a world where you no longer had to make an effort, or ever think about performing simple everyday tasks such as cleaning, computing, or driving a car because your every bit of labor was obviated by machines with artificial intelligence, capable of performing those tasks more effectively than you could. Thus, allowing you an abundance of time to accomplish more sophisticated tasks. With these machines, the lesser duties and responsibilities of daily life would become a nonfactor to humans, as the machines would wipe out tedious and time-consuming errands, and enable ...

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could spend his or her time commuting to work by checking stocks, writing e-mails, reading news, making phone calls, or preparing presentations; their computer-controlled cars would essentially drive for them. With developments in artificial intelligence, the aforementioned are all very possible and could be probable in the near future. For many Americans, this sort of future would be ideal, as it would eliminate wasted time, and the need to perform menial and colorless grunt work, as well as the possible mounting stress caused by them. But what would happen to the generations who are born into that environment? If people grew up in America, in a time where they never had to operate vehicles, use household tools, or balance checkbooks, they almost surely would not be fit to manage if the machines in which those errands were delegated to suddenly stopped working. If all computer-controlled machines were to stop working at once, people would be forced to step-in and fill jobs in ...

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cameras, lasers, a global positioning system, and radar sensors, among many others, to fully operate themselves. The prototypes have been tested, conquering daunting driving endeavors for even skilled human drivers, like steering down the infamously steep and curvy Lombard Street in San Francisco, and navigating through rush-hour traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. It is mightily astonishing to think that in a matter of years, cars that basically drive themselves could be sitting right in the garages of countless households across the United States zipping all over the streets, highways and freeways throughout the country. Driving an automobile requires a driver’s utmost attention and ...

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