Not so with the private sector. Here's the latest private sector solution to the problem of distracted driving: cars that drive themselves.
Google, the most innovative company on the planet at the moment, is busily creating vehicles with the capacity to drive in traffic without human intervention. According to reports, test cars have already driven thousands of miles without any human control; the only accident, so far, has been the result of a rear-ending by a human-driven car. Because artificial intelligence cannot get distracted or drunk or fall asleep at the wheel, these cars could revolutionize several industries, including the transportation industry and the trucking industry.
Traffic problems would be alleviated due to fewer accidents; speeding tickets would become a thing of the past. Economic productivity would rise dramatically, with millions of commuters able to work as they ride rather than focusing on making the next yellow light. All of this made possible by a simple problem.
The Luddite tendencies of the left mean economic stagnation, solutions that lead backward rather than forward. If the left had been in charge during the early 20th century, they would have regulated the development of the unsafe automobile, and then celebrated their preservation of the wheelwright profession. With the left in charge now, entrepreneurial solutions will be punished with taxes or regulation, and we will forfeit the future of the possible in favor of a future that embraces what already is.
I don't know about you, but I still want my flying car. Maybe I'll never get it. But I'd sure as hell rather live in a world where the only limits are those imposed by nature rather than by man. We all deserve a "Jetsons" future. If government continues to grow, that future will fade into oblivion.
Ben Shapiro, 26, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the author of the new book "Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House," as well as the national bestseller "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth." To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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