Abundance of Links — Digital Destruction of Textbooks, The Effects of Self-Driving Cars, Not Worth Stealing

1. Apple’s Plans to “Destroy” Textbook Publishing

“We know that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was working on addressing learning and digital textbooks for some time, according to Walter Issacson’s biography. Jobs believed that textbook publishing was an ‘$8 billion a year industry ripe for digital destruction.'”

2. The Future of Car Tech: Efficiency, Automation, and Sharing

I’ve done a lot of thinking about self-driving cars but for some reason I overlooked the effects on insurance. Self-driving cars should very rarely have accidents, so one might expect a steep drop in insurance premiums?

“All told, the changes may not best the leap from horses to cars, but they are big enough to undermine many of the legal systems we rely on for things like insurance, not to mention criminal law. If a car doesn’t require a driver, can a 12-year-old “drive” to his friend’s house? Can a drunk person drive home from a bar? How will insurance work if people share driverless cars? Courts and legislators will be sorting those out for years to come.”

3. Physical Media Products are No Longer Worth Stealing

“Thefts of entertainment products like CDs and DVDs have collapsed in England and Wales, to the point that they are now taken in just 7% of all burglaries in which something is stolen (see chart). They are now targeted no more frequently than are toiletries and cigarettes.”

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