We Can't Be Trusted - Page 2
Smartphones, smart cars, and smart technology won’t fix the underlying reasons for irresponsibility behind the wheel. In fact, I think all the smart technology may be reinforcing our addiction to victimhood. If I’m not held accountable for my actions, then I’m free to blame you if my life stinks. I can plausibly deny responsibility for not having the patience to delay gratification and to control myself and my choices. And, if I can deny responsibility for car crashes, how about my eating disorder, bullying, and cheating?
Unless we include solutions to the deeper issues underneath the problems, we’re going to need even more help from technology to keep our shield of deniability intact.
A Radical Idea Rather than improving technology, how about we improve our ability to think for ourselves? It’s risky, I know because at first you might feel out of the loop—that is until thinking starts to catch on. Imagine the reduction in car crashes if drivers could control impulses, plan ahead, prioritize play, work, and rest, and make good choices. Stone just might have to go back to improving robot soccer.