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    News articles on the future of autonomous vehicles are missing something. Humor!

    This seems par for the course in discussions of this topic–on the radio, TV, or on the Internet.

    In a blatant attempt to newsjack and catch the wave of interest in cars that drive themselves, I have a short cartoon-illustrated book (12 pages, 1700 words) called My Car Never Listens To Me (see attached), free at Smashwords.com.

    In the story, a self-driving car makes trouble for its human passenger.
    Is the world ready for a driverless smart car? No.
    Must we be imprisoned by our technological creations? Probably.

    The humor of exaggeration can provide an antidote to fears about the future.

    If nothing else, check out the silly cover–possibly the first car with true arms and legs.


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