Traffic

  • Picture this: you’re driving home from work, doing something completely useless.. No, wait: the correct, complete quote from “Cars of the Future Will Sell Your Data” is: “Picture this: You’re driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering $5 off a pepperoni pie pops up on your dashboard screen.“ Apparently, this picture should prompt you to ask yourself: “Are you annoyed that your car’s trying to sell you something, or pleasantly persuaded?
  • Some days ago I heard a radio interview to workers and Union representatives of the FIAT car manufacturing plant in Termini Imerese, Sicily. FIAT management announced this year that they plan to stop car production in that plant by the end of 2011, because it is not convenient anymore. The thing that impressed me the most in the interviews were people declaring that “in Italy we produce too few cars!” and that car production in Termini Imerese can and must continue with the same, no, with higher volumes than today, period. There was no doubt about this.