Philip Rosedale has a pretty provocative Medium post arguing against artificial intelligence as the future of industry (something generally assumed to be true in Silicon Valley), and instead, argues that robots, controlled by humans via VR, is a better path ahead:
VR headsets that also have hand controllers are now widely available and are being used mostly for computer gaming. But these headsets could be re-used to create a workstation at home allowing you to slip on a VR headset and be ‘teleported’ into the eyes and body of a robot: Wherever you look, the robot looks. When you move your hands, the robot moves it’s hands. So it is exactly like being somewhere else, except you are ‘in’ the body of the robot. But of course that robot could be much physically stronger than you, or it could be made very large, or very small, or whatever else the job demands. Plus you would be able to talk and listen (through the robot), so you could interact with people or other robots just like in real life. So, for example, a firefighter could rush into a burning house as a robot, and be unaffected by heat or smoke but still able to do his job and save people using the same instincts and training he’d learned over his career.
Philip's argument suggests a solution for countless workers in industries afraid that the coming of AI will take away their jobs. While most of the technorati assume AI-powered self-driving cars are inevitable soon, for instance, Philip argues instead that there's a place for automotive vehicles powered by humans, that self-driving technology can't soon replace -- if it's done in VR.