The web is a black gap crammed with an countless stream of silly ideas and unhealthy concepts. Whereas it’s normally finest to disregard it, from time to time one thing breaks by the obnoxious drone of social media that’s so egregious, you couldn’t presumably flip a blind eye should you needed to.
We’re obligated to current to you a current tweet from Vahid Kazemi, a software program engineer for Google’s self-driving arm Waymo, and describe the way it made us really feel.
Kazemi begins his digital announcement stating that he’s driving in Los Angeles. Whereas that isn’t against the law in itself, it is a humblebrag to all of the jerks presently occupying flyover states that supply a greater way of life for much less cash however not one of the status.
How do I do know that? As a result of I do that on a regular basis, particularly to make myself really feel superior to others. Do I really really feel any higher after I inform associates in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that I’m presently “having fun with a New York slice?” Probably not. However the impulse is simply too robust to withstand when the cardboard is true there so that you can play.
Transferring on, we come to the infuriating meat of Vahid’s tweet. Right here he tells everybody with entry to a pc that, over the past two days, he has nearly murdered 5 strangers. He’s additionally repeatedly misplaced management of the rental car he has been issued. As somebody who drives leases pretty usually, I’ve not had this downside — which suggests Kazemi is both joking or one of many world’s worst drivers.
Nevertheless, even when that is only a massive goof on his half, there’s normally some fact in comedy. I do consider Vahid in all probability nearly killed somebody whereas behind the wheel of a borrowed car and I additionally consider his first impulse was to tweet about it jokingly on a public discussion board. Which is completely hilarious, by the way in which.
His protection was that the rental didn’t have have the identical autonomous options his personal automobile has. We already know that counting on driving aids finally make you a shittier driver. Nevertheless, the smugness that comes together with it’s a new growth. That’s simply essentially the most obnoxious portion of this tweet. Kazemi makes a not-so-subtle case for mandating autonomous automobiles utilizing his personal ineptitude as an argument.
I can’t breakdance and I might in all probability damage myself fairly badly if I attempted. In truth, there’s an video from 2008 of that actual factor taking place. However I’m not going to make a blanket assertion that indicts breakdancing as evil simply because it isn’t a talent I possess. After all, I don’t work for an organization that may make more cash as soon as no person is allowed to breakdance anymore.
Alright, this breakdancing analogy is flying off the rails. The purpose is that Kazemi stated one thing dumb and contentious with out even realizing it. I feel that’s what makes this autonomous revolution form of scary. There’s this sense that it isn’t being managed by individuals who love automobiles. I’m positive the Waymo engineer in query is a tremendous individual, however he stated one thing that outed himself as non-enthusiast bent on ending driving, and that’s somewhat troubling. It confirms what we’ve all suspected and provides us a face to vent our frustrations upon.
In consequence, Vahid ended up being teased over his assertion and the zingers saved on coming — even after he deleted the unique tweet and posted a backpedaling response (which he additionally deleted).
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