by Jocelynn Smith
The Sovereign Investor
The robots are coming … and they’re bringing the beer.
I’ll admit that I don’t think it’s what Philip K. Dick — renowned science-fiction author whose stories spawned such movies as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report — and Isaac Asimov — think I, Robot and The Bicentennial Man — had in mind, but I do think we are faced with a technology that we can no longer relegate to the realm of science fiction.
Earlier this week, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Uber Technologies announced that for the first time ever a self-driving truck completed a commercial delivery. The 18-wheeler truck drove more than 120 miles from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, hauling Budweiser with the human driver kicked back in the sleeper cab.
While this was just a practice run and there are still more bugs to work out of the software, it remains an important step forward.