Via Machines Like Us I came across this demonstration by Audi of a car that will, by itself and without a driver, find a parking space in a parking garage and park itself and then return to you at the entrance when you call it.
It looks kind of creepy and it reminded me of this prank where the people working at a fast-food drive thru are surprised to see a driverless car pull up.
As driverless cars get added to the other things in our lives that operate without a visible human behind it, I was wondering how our intuitive sense of agency (that inanimate objects need an animate agent to make them move) will become changed as people get used to the idea that science can give more and more objects the illusion of being under the control of unseen people.
Will people become so used to the idea that technology can create the illusion of agency that they will start to assume the opposite of what our intuition has long told us, and begin to think that there must be a rational scientific explanation for what seems mysterious?
That would be a good thing.