I want an autonomous driverless car. Take that back, it would be more like a mini-tour bus that has a work space and acoustically quiet ambience to allow me to be productive getting from point a to point b. A part of my makeup from the road is that I learned to fall asleep at the drop of a hat anytime I was not driving. Sleep was a cherished item on a world tour.
When I look at the research of the shared/gig/coworker economy in the developed world where individualism is stressed and there is a flaw in the system with greed and power, I always wondered if sharing on a large scale could work? I see it in areas where resources are lacking all the time. People try to help each other because there is not enough. I am not seeing this in the developed world with its view of being “civilized” so much. When I read the article and the research, I had a glimmer of hope for the future with people sharing resources. Who knew?
A part of my makeup from the road is that I learned to fall asleep at the drop of a hat anytime I was not driving. Sleep was a cherished item on a world tour. The autos or vehicles of the future would look either like a tiny people mover, or a nice space where one could be productive while moving. Tour buses are nice, but few need that much space to get around and one wonder or worry I have about the future with mega cities and personal vehicles is that the technology will be there, and the energy will be cheaper to allow the auto to simply circle around empty than pay for storage or parking spaces. It leads to a question of “will private owners allow another to use a vehicle while it is roaming?”
In Europe and Asia, I can see people sharing more. In the united states, we have taken the car as a symbol of freedom and independence and pretty much forgotten mass transit that is good, clean, reliable and safe. The safety issue I can’t blame on a train or subway, rather it is how people have gone off their rails and the overall social construct and behavior of the masses is really a wide berth between normal and insane behavior amongst people. I can only imagine what shared autonomous vehicles would look like by simply going into any Starbucks restroom in NYC (how did they get around selling a diuretic and not having a bathroom?)
Is it that people don’t care that they are a slob? Are people simply slobs? Or is it some process where someone leaves a mess and everyone else after them piles on? Or is there some mentality that like sporting events and a few fans, they think purchasing a ticket give them a license to act the fool? These are questions that I will ponder and look into after reading the article on people programming their ideas versus waiting at the last minute in the article I posted.
Perhaps my questions come when I go to Switzerland and they have the most expensive, yet, amazing mass transit system on the planet. Granted it is a tiny country, yet, the social good of the system and people allows you to get on and have a clean, safe, usually enjoyable ride. The question I have there is that the entire country seems to run on the same clock, and you can easily bring flex time into the workspace and ease the burden of rush hour travel. Why they don’t do this? I guess it is no different than why the lunch hour is deemed sacred there. It boils down that when you are dealing with a smaller space and less people, you can have a more rigid structure and people will follow.
When I think of china or India. You have giant population density and if you pay for it, you can enjoy the luxury travel idea. The masses don’t work that way. Even in japan it was a bit of cattle car mania where I would see all the windows fog up with humidity and wonder, “is there going to be enough air till the next stop for all of us?”
I digress. I will go back to read the article and the research, yet, I have a smile on my face. I worry that it would take some catastrophic event for the developed world to change and look at themselves. The current “straw ban” has me want to gag when I hear about it as I really don’t care about some symbolic act when as a country, we are pushing so much waste and plastic out for what seems to be a more “processed” life. Look at what we are doing with our food. If you want to eat healthy in the USA, it costs more. If you want to eat a lot of cheap, empty calories really inexpensively, the united states lead the way. We also are getting pretty large and have a lot of medical issues now because of it.
The rest of the world. You pay for all the processed and junky calories. Actual healthy food is affordable. Last week we had a dessert of fresh strawberries. When I bit into one, the flavor and sweetness was amazing. I mentioned, “this is from Spain.” My swiss counterparts got offended and thought it was from Switzerland. Face it, every country has its own national pride issues and there is a region in Switzerland that has amazing strawberries in spring. So, to either prove I was wrong, or had no idea what I was talking about, they got the label out and looked to see that indeed the strawberries had come from Spain.
How did I know that? It was spending some time in Spain and taking 10 euros to buy boatloads of fresh fruits and vegetables and the local street markets. The flavors were like fruits in Asia…full, sweet, sour, delicious…
But people will share more when they are allowed to program their autonomous vehicles…. this is indeed interesting data.
Yes, I babbled all morning here. My mind is focused on producing healthy tools and products that allow humans to change. The article added more fuel to the ideas. Have a wonderful day