100 years ago, the personal automobile basically didn’t exist. Now, it’s inconceivable to imagine a future without automobiles. Yet, the almost certainly won’t be any. Self-driving cars are part of the evolution of the car; they are probably part of the “evolutionary death” of the car.
This is one of the biggest problems with the concept of sustainability. Namely, that the future will be nothing like the present. To think about building a present that is sustainable…what does that mean when there is good reason to believe that significantly all technologies of the future will be fundamentally different than they are today, and as such, many things that are resources today won’t be resources tomorrow?