Driverless car fears and robot taxes concerns

Not so fast

When it comes to getting more and more driverless cars onto American roads, the biggest challenge may be public acceptance. A just-released poll by AAA finds that 78 percent of Americans are afraid to ride in a fully driverless car. Not only are respondents afraid to ride in one, they’re wary about sharing the road with such vehicles. Of those surveyed, 54 percent said they would feel less safe with autonomous vehicles on the road.

Ahead or back?

Bill Gates, who’s done more to propel the world into the high-tech age than almost anyone, recently called for taxing robots as a way to fund the kind of training workers need to stay primed for the modern-day job market. That’s provoked enough negative feedback to fry a motherboard, with critics decrying him for wishing to hold back progress. We consider the entrepreneur’s idea of slapping a tax on robotic technology.

Fleeing devastation

The ancient Iraqi city of Mosul is being shattered as Iraqi troops pound fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the long-awaited campaign to take Mosul back. ISIS forces captured Mosul in 2014. As CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports, residents of this once-wealthy city fled Thursday with their bundles of possessions -- and sometimes, with just the clothes on their backs.

From the sky

There’s a new weapon in the fight against elephant and rhino poachers in Africa -- skydiving dogs. Together with their handlers, they parachute into game reserves across the continent -- nearly 100 are plying their specialized trade today.These elite dogs are trained to immediately sniff out poachers, rush to attack and pin them to the ground until help arrives.  In one region, they caught more than 100 poachers in 18 months.

More shuteye

Americans will lose an hour of slumber after setting their clocks forward early Sunday in the annual “spring forward” ritual of daylight saving time (DST). Sleep experts say too many of us are already sleep-deprived, and workers would be wise to use the occasion to improve their sleep habits. Here are some ways to go about it.

Waste of time?

How did pollsters get it so wrong about the 2016 election -- or is that even the right question? In this week’s edition of the CBS news podcast “The Takeout,” “Freakonomics” co-founder Stephen Dubner talked with CBS News’ Major Garrett and Steve Chaggaris about what Freakonomics once called “the folly of prediction.” Freakonomics found that on average, pundits and experts in any field were about as good at forecasting as “a monkey with a dartboard.”

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