Dr.Stallman on Self-driving taxis – A dystopian future?

By | October 23, 2018

Addison Lee’s future cars | Dishwashers | Waitrose, Lidl and Brexit | Gaby’s Deli

Would you like to ask Addison Lee whether the “self-driving” cars it aims to deploy in London by 2021 (Report, 22 October) will in fact have remote control capability? If so, the term “self-driving” would be a misnomer. The remote control would be dangerous for dissidents and whistleblowers – if you ride in a “self-driving” taxi with remote control capability, and the taxi knows who you are, the state could whisk you to a deportation prison, or a black site, at any time.
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation

• The discussion about dishwashers (Letters, 19 October) reminds me that I was once expressing a wish for one to a friend after lunch at our house. There was a sudden rattle of crockery and a voice was heard from the kitchen: “What d’you want one of them for when you’ve got me ?” He was also a good Hoover pusher.
Hilda Hayden
Malvern, Worcestershire

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