By Bruno Latour
Bruno Latour has written a different and beautiful story of a technological dream long past improper. because the younger engineer and professor persist with Aramis' trail--conducting interviews, reading files, assessing the evidence--perspectives retain moving: if truth be told published as multilayered, unascertainable, comprising an array of chances helpful of Rashomon. The reader is finally resulted in see the undertaking from the viewpoint of Aramis, and alongside the best way profits perception into the connection among people and their technological creations. This fascinating and profound publication, half novel and half sociological examine, is Latour at his thought-provoking top.
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Petit2" ------ ---1- A N E X C I T I i'-. G I N NOV A __ IO '--__ i'-. __ T -' ___ " Well, Aramis was the eighty-fi rst box of the invention matrix, the niftiest of all, it was the programmed metro seat. The traveler merely goes to the station . He sits down, punches in the progra m , and opens up his newspa per. When the th ing stops, he looks up, puts away his pa per, and there he is, where he wanted to go. It's poi nt-to-poi nt, with no connections, no stops at intermediate stations . The eig hty-first box was the most seductive of all for a with-it technocrat eager to i mpress a client.
The subway is too slow; it can be redone. The engineer Bardet is no less impatient than the hoodlum. He, too, wants to change the metro, to change life. Let's be careful not to oppose cold calculators to hot agitators. Neither is more spontaneous than the other. Petit is i nfluenced by the Americans' PRT, which is hardly surprising; then agai n-and this is m uch harder to believe-the i lliterate hoodlum does his tagg ing spontane ously in English and in the graphic style of the New York City gangs!
But it's a collective taxi, with no driver, and it's guided by computer. When it arrives, the old lady finds it's carrying a few of her cronies whom the computer has decided to put in the same cab. There's no need for a second car. There's less pollution. A nd we're still talking about the suburbs, without a heavy infrastructure. It's just like a car. : )N _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ �_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ load factor, Professor? Your isolated train cars, operating far apart, are fine at the end of the line where few people live, but when you get closer to downtown they're going to clog up.