Mar 3, 2006

Buck Rogers You Ain't

A friend brought up a thought recently that had been on my mind quite a bit as a child, and I think it's fit fare for this venue: Where are our flying cars and personal jetpacks?

And his father had an answer for him that's about as accurate a statement on the human condition as any I have ever heard: People can't drive CARS, what sort of damage would they do with airplanes? And as much as it shames me, he's got it right. Dead on. Traffic accidents are numerous, homicidally so. Road Rage has bloomed like flowers in the Spring, and it's gotten to where children can't even play on the sidewalk for fear of drive-by shootings and drunk drivers.

So what's the problem? you ask. No problem, honestly; I realise it fully and truly. People for the most part have no conception of what it means to keep their attention on anything for more than five seconds straight, and their level of caring is just above nil unless there's blood involved, in which case it'll draw interest like a WorldCom executive. I have no qualms about saying this, because it's true. What really slays me, though, is that all the technology is here for it, as well as technology that can open the doors for other Golden Age Sci-Fi operations like driverless cars and automated highways.

You've seen all the Discovery Channel shows--we've currently got:

  • Heads Up Displays
  • Collision sensors
  • GPS units
  • Steerable headlights
  • Full time all wheel drive
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Multiple impact protection airbags
  • Super light metals
  • Alternative fuels
  • Fly By Wire Systems

So why in the hell aren't we flying around? Because people are too stupid to use ground cars correctly. Most of them shouldn't even be WALKING on city streets, much less operating a half ton of metal and glass.

This depresses me so much. My god people, look at what we're missing! Our Gernsback Future is ruined because you feel you've got to put your makeup on while driving, or you've got to knot your tie and talk on the cellular on the interstate. Because you can't be bothered to pay attention to the important things.

Maybe highway patrolmen and women need to simply start shooting second-occurance drivers. First wreck? A ticket and a fine. Second? A 9mm round to the head, point blank from the nice officer.

Sure would cut back on the road rage.


Caffeinated Mommy said...

Sadly, my husband is one of those horrible drivers out there. I refuse to let him drive when me and Ashlyn are riding with him now. He just doesn't pay good attention. *hangs head in shame*

Vulgar Wizard said...

People who fear change are also seem to be unable to grasp the concept of technology. Take the office, for example. When the fax machine runs out of paper, Butter Troll makes someone else refill it. It's not that she can't do it, but that she doesn't want to learn how. She's scared, because it's something different and something technological! Oh my!
Imagine if SHE were riding around in a flying car??? Geez.