Yeah, and I figured I picked a relatively safe career path in design/photography/programming. But newer AI is even tackling those things. It will be interesting to see what comes of that. If all else fails, I can always fall back on art. Surely there will always be someone who wants human art, just because it's human made and rare.This is an issue that extends beyond autonomous cars.
One of the big issues of the century will be figuring out how society will operate in a world where labor (across the board) is obsolete.
We need to figure out a good balance. If people don't have something to do, they might just start killing themselves and society descend into chaos. I remember reading about this scientist who ran dozens of the same study over and over with rats. We would basically build them little rat utopian societies. Even though all of their regular needs were met, eventually their little rat societies would collapse into chaos with suicide and loss of desire to procreate. As the population expanded there was little need for certain members of the rat society. The point being that people need something to do and generally need to feel valued and important to someone or some entity. There are so many psychological issues that will arise over the coming century from people feeling worthless. We already see that to a certain extent.