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Hey, /n/. Posted this in /o/, where it's dying with no replies. Thought you all might have some insights.
I'm not really sure where to put this since it broaches a few different topics.
I was taking a look at this TED video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiwVMrTLUWg [Embed] and being the fool that I am, scrolled down to look at the comments.
Automation has been a concern in the back of my mind for a long while now, and comments like these just seem so naive to me now. Everyone thinks that everyone else is the poor driver, shouting about how they'll be glad to have "them" off the roads.
But I'm troubled by the zeal with which people pursue this idea. Granted, my commute to work is about 5 minutes - were it two+ hours, I might feel differently about driving, but I have no grand desire to give up control of my vehicle in exchange for a few more minutes of "free" time.
The reason that I find these sorts of ideas problematic is that - I don't feel - people are considering the risks that automation like this poses to our work force. I work in the transportation industry, and have no illusions about how quickly transport companies will adopt fully automated vehicles once they're reliable enough to be profitable.
That's a lot of jobs suddenly just... Gone, with no real place for the formerly-employed to go.
For the sake of hosting this conversation on /o/, I'll stick to the auto element of the risks surrounding automation.
What do you think, /n/? Are you excited for automated vehicles? How do you think it will impact our daily lives and our economies?
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I was riding the path today and some teenagers were horsing around, one got pushed in front of me by his friends and I ran into him. I had already slowed down when I got closer to them and they were not paying attention to their surroundings at all (there was a bike 10 meters in front of them/me, and another 10 meters behind me), but it was still technically my fault and I feel really terrible. Luckily no one got hurt (I was probably going about 5 or 6 mph when I hit him) but I am burning with shame realizing I was the stereotype of the bad cyclist today.
I don't know if a bell would have helped because they were completely in their own world when they shoved the one guy, but I realize I've been putting off getting one and I'm legally required to have one, so: what bell is good? Loudness is key because I am in a noisy urban area, and preferably something that I can mount on drop bars.