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Technology is the biggest factor creating all kinds of upheavals in human life. Apart from causing drastic social, cultural, religious, political or scientific changes, technology changes how we operate or how we work. With increased automation, we tend to pay less attention to things. For example, we do not need to worry about what the washing machine does once it starts. If something goes wrong and we miss it, the effect won’t be fatal. But, what if pilots stop paying attention to flying once the plane is on autopilot or radiologists don’t use their brains when computers scan for major tumours and miss out on subtle ones. Critical things require human intervention. Over-reliance on technology can lead to problems. That’s why this article says that self-driven Google cars must have features that let a human take over the car when necessary.