If the cars drive themselves, what happens to the drivers?
And what about the truck drivers, airplane pilots, train engineers, boat captains, and all the people piloting different craft that can now be automated?
And then there's the folks whose jobs also depend on servicing those drivers - think truck stop waitresses, traffic cops, DUI lawyers, car insurance salespeople, and more...
The excitement for the safety, efficiency, and cost benefits of self-driving transportation often overlooks the impact of its arrival on all these humans.
Their careers are based around today's human-piloted vehicles so retraining, retirement, or revolution seem to be the options available.
Singularity Hub's Leon Vanstone shares a provocative post here exploring these questions.
He points out that we'll need to do a better job of retraining displaced workers than we have in previous economic revolutions - or "Detroit Syndrome" may strike again...