If you’ve been following these posts, you know I’m a technophile. Over time, I’ve become interested in technological utility in addition to loving technology for its own sake.
That’s why when I found this, describing the provision of information from a car’s computer onto the windshield, I found myself stopped.
I faced a conundrum: While understanding how the information presented to the driver in a heads-up fashion could be helpful and useful, I had to wonder if the negative aspects of such additional information—presented in this (literally) in-your-face manner—might outweigh the positives.
I love information. I have found that the more of it I have to assess, the better my assessments are. I have little doubt that I could use such information to significant benefit, but given my frequent well-founded and oft-vocalized criticisms of others’ abilities (or, rather, inabilities) to drive safely, I found myself asking if I’d want this available on a routine basis.
My answer is, “Definitely not!”
Questions: Because some is feasible, does that mean it should be done? How do you decide how to proceed, in similar situations? How do you determine what the consequences of a given act might be?