Thoughts on self-driving.
There'll come a point where, say, 50% of cars on the road drive themselves, properly autonomously. And if they're doing it properly autonomously, then the OTHER 50% of vehicles will be responsible for basically all of the crashes. At which point - if not before - there'll come a point where the government will, with some justification and probably public support, make it illegal to drive your own car, on the same basis that it's currently illegal to drive with e.g. flat tires, no lights at night or non-functioning brakes. If your car could provably drive better than you can, why would you risk it?
Now: ten years ago, I said something along the lines of "by the time my kids are old enough to learn to drive, they won't have to bother. By the time THEIR kids are old enough, it'll be illegal". My kids are now four and two... and I no longer think self-driving cars will be ubiquitous enough by the time they're driving. In fact, the rate of progress has slowed so much I no longer think I'll live to see a "proper" self-driving car at all (i.e. I don't think it'll happen for at least something like forty years). I expect to see people walking on Mars before I see proper self-driving cars. Not really sure why, now, that I was so optimistic a decade back, about what is obviously a very hard AI problem.
I hope I'm wrong, because proper self-driving car ubiquity would usher in a golden age of motorcycling. Right now, one thing I learned in a month on a major trauma ward was "don't buy a motorbike", because although a bike didn't put me there, it put most of the other people there, almost without exception because they'd been hit by cars/vans/trucks.