"Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful."
Very early reference to this idea, an interesting counterpoint to the idea of an autonomous cab (which Dick talks about in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch ) or a regular cab that is piloted by a robot (which Dick talks about in A Present for Pat ).
Compare to the driverless drones from the 2007 novel Halting State by Charles Stross.
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