Advances in technology have taken our country and others to an elevated status and there is much more to come. Automation and robots have replaced humans in many workplaces. Computers are in every office, large and small. Cellphones, because of what they can do, are a revolution in communication.

Technology, present everywhere in our lives, has improved our standard of living except that it has led to a loss of some jobs, especially in manufacturing. However, we have low unemployment. It is an era of “if you want a job,” they are available. But too many are menial and not attractive to some people. It is a time when college graduates are doing jobs that don’t require that level of education. Too many people are overqualified for job openings.

Technology marches on and on. There’s more movement in the driverless car industry. We have never heard of why they are wanted. Is the general public interested in buying a driverless car? What is driving this technology advancement? We know many people who like to drive and say they don’t want a driverless vehicle. It is said a driverless car with all kinds of safety gadgets will make the roads safer for all of us. There are bugs in any of the advancements in technology, and there are people who have to be convinced that safety on highways and streets will result from driverless vehicles.

There was a report out this week that self-driving boats are just around the pier and may be in general operation in numbers before driverless cars. Marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and remote-controlled ships to carry containers across the Atlantic and Pacific. The Associated 

Press story said autonomous ships could be in operation within three years.

An experimental  workboat spent this summer dodging tall ships and tankers in Boston Harbor. It was outfitted with sensors and self-navigating software and emblazoned with the words “Unmanned vessel” across its aluminum hull. It was helped in navigation by a tech scientist with a laptop computer on a nearby deck. Oversight is needed.

Some of the biggest maritime firms in the world have committed to designing ships that won’t need any captains or crews on board, the AP report said.

This maritime movement is more about saving labor costs than safety. To be competitive, if foreign firms are getting into crewless ships, the American companies have no choice but to follow.

How much further can technology take us? There seems to be no limit. It’s hang on for the ride!