Outlaws have long been the object of a peculiar fascination. Fictional or real, from Robin Hood to Bonnie and Clyde to Joe Valachi to Don Corleone to John Gotti, we’ve obsessed over celebrity-criminals in life and even apotheosized them in death. Many of us know more verses from The Godfather than either the U.S. Constitution or the Bible.
We need to embrace an impartial and unemotional risk assessment as the ways we allow technology to manage our lives. The question we should be asking is this: Are self-driven cars more safe or less safe than human-driven vehicles?