Monday, 30 January 2017

In Praise of Slow

It can be truly perplexing the illogical with much many modes of technology are utilized. Some far surpassing their intended purpose with others fall well short of their potential applications. The culprit behind many such misapplications, whether deliberate or otherwise can traced in most cases, back to a general unpredictability when it comes to priorities. Alexander Graham Bell could scarcely have predicted a thing such as the internet when first developing telephone technology. It is also generally agreed that holographic technology is not all that it might have been. In a somewhat similar vein is the realm of automotive technologies. For all the advancements in speed, design and engineering, there have been comparatively few developments in therms of safety precautions. There were, in fact, concerted efforts made by many of the larger automobile producing enterprises to cover up various and egregious issues of safety pertaining to their vehicles. It was only by an equally concerted an lengthy campaign by those involved in the field of consumer advocacy that the companies making the automobiles admitted that such an attempt at cover up was launched in the first place. This could well serves as a ready explanation as to why, despite the available technologies, little to no effort has been made with regard to the intrinsic risks associated with motor vehicle operation. Why, for example, with modern engines basically being computers and there being cameras of ever shirking size, is there not a mechanism by which a posted speed limited sign could be read by a camera, that would then link directly to the engine and set the maximum speed of that engine and the posted speed limit. Such a moderation of automobile speed is already being done with prototypes of the forthcoming driver-less automobiles and excessive speed is the main cause of fatalities associated with driving motorized vehicles.

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