Rise of the Machines III

29 Mar

Here is something that I just cannot seem to wrap my head around.

According to a news article that I recently came across, Pedestrian train accidents have been increasing dramatically. In 2013 (Through Aug. 31), there had been 352 pedestrian deaths compared with 281 during the same period in 2012, a 25 percent rise. The fatality rate in the first eight months of 2013 was the highest in a decade.

How does one manage to get hit by a train? I mean, first of all they are gigantic, mechanical locomotives! Secondly, they make tremendous amounts of noise and they have really loud horns that they blow when they see you and you don’t see them! And thirdly, and I think most importantly, they can only be found…on train tracks!

And yet there has been a growing phenomenon not only found in humans on train tracks but also among humans everywhere, called “distracted walking,” where pedestrians can lose a sense of their surroundings as they text and chat on mobile phones. Injuries to distracted walkers treated at hospital emergency rooms have more than quadrupled in the past seven years and these numbers are even believed to be underreported.

Perhaps you have crossed paths with one of these techno zombies or have been accused of occasionally having the infection? But might not this strange human behavior be the result of a sinister plot hatched by these very same and increasingly more ubiquitous and ever more self-cognizant machines!… In their attempt to take over humanity?

I realize that 352 human fatalities on train tracks (compared to all of humanity) isn’t very many…but if you are the machines…

It could be considered a start. Could it not? How else to explain…being run down…by a train???

7 Responses to “Rise of the Machines III”

  1. Barbara Backer-Gray March 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    I would explain it by saying that I see a whole lot of tracks in this country without the posts coming down on both sides and big flashing and loudly ringing lights on the street on both sides at least two minutes before the train actually comes by. Even with an ipod on, those would be hard to miss. I think I’ll google pedestrian train accidents in the Netherlands and see if they have gone up because of ipods. I’ll let you know.

  2. womanseyeview March 30, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad…like the theory of the plot by machines though…

  3. The Crazy Crone March 30, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    I have a very basic mobile phone as landlines are as rare as hen’s teeth in North Cyprus, and that’s my lot. I hate iPad’s with passion. You see tourists here where the kids are texting furiously the whole time while the parents have their noses stuck in iPads. No-one talks to each other and they miss the beauty of this island around them. I can quite understand why people who have their noses stuck in phones or iPads or have buds in their ears listening to music miss the fact that a dirty great train is bearing down on them though, people seem to move into zombieland these days.

  4. momshieb March 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Pretty sure that Stephen King predicted this cell phone takeover thing……VERY scary! Good thing my phone is too complicated for me to manage unless I am sitting perfectly still in a quiet room…..

  5. onnovocks March 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    In some places this is a common method for, I hate to say it, suicide. That’s not saying that this is what is going on in this case, but it could be a factor.

  6. avwalters March 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    When I lived in the Bay Area, walking into a train was a common way of ending one’s woes. So, the statistics reveal only the death toll. Distracted or despondent requires a deeper inquiry.

  7. apoliticalinquiry March 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Reblogged this on apolitical and commented:
    A slight bit conspiratorial?

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