DOWNFALL IN THE RISE OF THE MACHINES
MY CENTRAL HEATING unit recently wouldn’t fire up. The screen menu indicated that it would not start until I had booked a service, for which it judged the time was due. Bad luck on a cold Saturday night. Rather than me using my judgement, that choice was frustratingly denied me by overbearing technology.
And don’t even start me on compulsory software upgrades to match ‘improved’ operating systems.
Technology is meant to serve us, not control us. With a push to include speed limiters in all new vehicles ( Wheels, May), one suspects that the boffins behind this may be motorists, but they are not drivers.
The art of successful and safe driving requires constant judgement calls – particularly in anticipating and responding to uncharacteristic or unpredictable manoeuvres by other drivers – and does not need any of those responses artificially hamstrung. Think of that, next time you have to suddenly jab the accelerator pedal to get out of the way of a lane-changer or an overtaker who hasn’t seen you, and imagine the outcome if “computer says no”.
Mark Walland, Mornington, Vic
We’re in your corner on this one, Mark. Excessive intervention from mandatory governing systems has real potential to impact driving freedom – Ed
“THE ART OF SAFE DRIVING REQUIRES CONSTANT JUDGEMENT CALLS