Feb 1, 2012

Slowly we progress

I was traveling to work the other day, fighting gridlock as I normally do, and it occurred to me that this is the same thing my parents did as well as theirs. For three generations we've traveled the same way, gas guzzling cars, loud planes, annoying bicycles, and inefficient trains. In all our technological advancements, we haven't made travel more efficient.

We've progressed in many ways, but all technology has given us in the past 40 years has mostly been to spread celebrity gossip and distribute inexpensive porn. Where's my Jetsons car? I want a people mover, or to beam myself, or any object, to anywhere I choose within seconds. I want all citizens to walk on the moon and wars to be fought with lightsabers.

But no, we're so focused on dumb communication devices and ways to stream entertainment that we can't be bothered to make our commutes any easier. Thanks tech industry. You're quite on the leading edge of helping people get free time wasters.

On another note, doing an image search of the Jetsons brings up some fucked up, horrifying pictures. You've been warned.

"Beyond highways and roads, we need more money for mass transit, intercity passenger rail and freight rail. We have a long way to go to bridge the funding gaps." - Bill Lipinski

1 comment:

wigsf3 said...

In Toronto, transportation technology is actually moving backwards. We're at rickshaws and street cars now. Plans are moving forward to ban cars buses and paper airplanes in the next ten years.