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While you’re waiting for the bus

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A semi-weekly list of stuff worth reading

What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car – Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities The car is already dead.

How to double science research What if your advisor didn’t spend 70% of her time chasing/administering grants?

I kind of hate TED talks I do hate TED talks

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  1. I also hate TED talks, and have ever since I watched a few years ago. I hated them before it was cool to hate them! 😉

    Cars will never go away I don’t think, but will change a lot. Perhaps so much so as to be nearly unrecognizable, but we’ll likely alwaays have some of personal transportation device, even if the distinction between that and mass transit diminish.

    Another possibility is that society decays utterly and everyone lives like Medieval peasants again, but I think that’s the only other (very possible!) way cars will completely disappear.

    If technological society continues, though, I’m imagining something like electrified highways with driver-less cars, some individually owned, some group-owned, and some public, that are dispatched as needed and use very little power and have very little safety equipment (and thus are very light, saving power) due to being completely computer-controlled.

    This will be a hundred-year transition, though, I’m guessing.

    What are your thoughts?

    • I think more and more people feel the way I do about driving – that it’s a waste of time, boring, stressful, expensive. It’s an unpleasant thing to do and currently wasteful. I’m not sure what transportation will look like exactly in the future, but I don’t think owning and driving a car will be part of it. Some self driving thing that looks like a car could certainly be what that looks like. And people who want to drive will do something that looks like a sport instead of a commute.

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