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Re: Why Are Tech Companies Trying to Kill Us?
Posted by: Rob Enderle 2017-11-13 11:30:15
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This is the question that keeps me up at night after seeing the news of Russian influence through social media, and the rapid rise of road deaths due to smartphone use. I wonder if the executives in these firms understand not only that dead customers don't generate revenue, but also that some of the victims could end up being their own kids, spouses or parents. I'm also convinced that they haven't grasped the fact that hostile foreign influence or distracted drivers could shorten their own life expectancies dramatically.


Re: Why Are Tech Companies Trying to Kill Us?
Posted by: murphys 2017-11-14 09:15:55 In reply to: Rob Enderle
So Rob, speaking of fake news, what is your source of information for the statement that 'There has been a massive increase in cellphone-caused traffic accidents, OFTEN WHEN people looking at their phones have walked into traffic.'
In the linked article below, this is emphatically not the case - 'Recent American auto collision data show roughly the same thing: Electronic devices in the hands of walkers were a factor in just 25 of 23,240 pedestrian deaths from 2010 through 2014.' That's .00001% of pedestrian accidents had devices factored in - massive for sure.
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/globe-editorial-all-those-pedestrian-deaths-its-the-cars-stupid/article36898698/
So either you or the Globe and Mail are misinformed and spreading fake facts.

Re: Why Are Tech Companies Trying to Kill Us?
Posted by: RobEnderle 2017-11-22 09:26:12 In reply to: murphys
Here is a better link, sorry: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000145751300119X

In recent years, pedestrian accidents have dropped overall. However, the number of pedestrian accidents caused by cell phone use has increased drastically. From 2005 to 2010, pedestrian accidents involving cell phones went from 256 to 1,506.
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What best describes your attitude toward social networks and politics?
The value of engaging in serious political discourse outweighs the negatives.
Most of the political conversations seem overheated and ignorant.
Social networks provide a lot of very good political information from reliable sources.
Almost every political post I see is skewed or totally fake.
Political interactions on social networks simply mirror those in the real world.
Social networks remove inhibitions, bringing out the worst in people and politics.