I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading and thinking about the future of work. Obviously truck driving is going to be changed when autonomous vehicles take over that job. What I hadn’t realized was the sheer number of truck drivers in the world. There is a staggering number of them. In that vein I decided to stop at the “World’s Largest Truckstop” on my last photography trip to learn more.
As I was wandering around making photographs this gentleman approached me. He said “Hey, can you make any money doing that?” referring to photography. I said if you work hard enough and long enough maybe, just maybe you can make a little money. He told me he was a truck driver and that he was thinking about taking up photography. He’d been “making a little bit of money” making YouTube slideshows of photography. I told him to email me and we could continue the conversation online. He’s holding my card in his hand in this photograph. When I asked if I could take a photo of him he decided to pose like this. I guess he wanted to look tough. He never got in touch.
Illustration by David Lu
Bruce Sterling’s latest piece in wired in awesome. Check it out:
One of the problems with running a photo voltaic solar array on your house is the prohibitive initial cost to get the system running. It seems there may now be a solution to this problem! A new company called CitizenrÄ“ is going to be ‘renting’ solar systems soon! The most awesome folks at World Changing have all the details. This is like signing up for a new cell phone plan and getting the phone free…
Photo by: Akuppa
Climate change is not gonna be combatted through voluntary acts of individual charity. It’s gonna be combatted through some kind of colossal, global-scaled, multilateral, hectic, catch-as-catch-can effort to stop burning stuff, suck the burnt smoke out of the sky, and put the smoke back into the ground. That’s not gonna get done a little green teacup at a time, because we’ve been doing it for two centuries and we don’t have two centuries to undo it.
“Reducing emissions” is a wrongheaded way to approach it. If “reducing emissions” is the goal, then the best technique available is to drop dead. The second-best technique is to go around killing a lot of people. Nobody’s got a lighter eco-footprint than a dead and buried guy. He’s not walking around leaving footprints: the Earth is piled on top of him.
We’re past the point where reduction helps much; we will have to invent and deploy active means of remediation of the damage. But from another, deeper perspective: we shouldn’t involve outselves in lines of development where the ultimate victory condition is emulating dead people. There’s no appeal in that. It’s bad for us. That kind of inherent mournfulness is just not a good way to be human. We’re not footprint-generating organisms whose presence on the planet is inherently toxic and hurtful. We need better handprints, not lighter footprints. We need better stuff, not less stuff. We need to think it through and take effective action, not curl up in a corner stricken with guilt and breathe shallowly.