LeVar Burton takes a break from easing kids' fears about reading to prepare you for driverless cars.
LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow (which has been revived via Kickstarter) traveled to Israel to preview some of the world's most advanced self-driving cars. It makes sense that LeVar Burton should be the one to get the world ready for a transition we'll all start to make in a few years — here's a guy who many of us remember from our younger years, when he helped us all get used to the big scary fact that words, ideas, and stories would drive themselves into our brain thanks to an invention called "books." If he can convince kids that actually picking something up and thinking complex thoughts is fun, the idea of "press a button, fall asleep and wake up somewhere else" should be a pretty easy sell:
Considering that industry rumors say Google's self-driving prototypes are even more advanced than these very-impressive vehicles, it seems we better all get ready. Like reading and writing, operating a self-driving car is something we will all have to do (even if 90% of us can get away with only doing it in a very basic fashion).