Down the wrong road: New book exposes flaws in technology industry’s vision of the future of transportation, N.L. author says

Contemporary technological innovation and innovation corporations are driving the world’s transportation programs down the mistaken highway, suggests regional author, blogger and tech critic Paris Marx.

Marx has composed a guide about it, and it is sparking a great deal of interest.

“Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Receives Wrong about the Foreseeable future of Transportation” will be launched at the Benevolent Irish Culture, 30 Harvey Rd. in St. John’s, Friday evening, July 15.

The guide, he states, exposes the flaws in the technology industry’s vision of the long term and gives a more collective way of organizing transportation devices that think about the wants of weak, marginalized and susceptible individuals in society.

“I feel some of the core items of the e book are definitely meant to have persons think much more critically about the strategies we feel about transportation and transportation devices,” stated Marx, who is originally from the Burin Peninsula but now life in Paradise. “First of all, above the past 10 years or so, we have had a quantity of claims of how new systems were heading to enhance the transportation technique. What has really transpired is that it has produced targeted traffic even worse, it is using people today away from transit methods and putting additional vehicles on the road.

“We do have a large amount of serious complications with the transportation technique, which include car-dependence, and how lots of people have to very own a car or truck to get around, and there is not really a lot of other solutions for individuals. And that arrives with a definitely significant economical price tag for individuals, especially at a time when the price tag of dwelling is substantial and a large amount of folks are experience really pinched with their budgets. So, needing to have alternate options is definitely vital.


Author Paris Marx hopes his book “Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation” gets people thinking more critically about transportation systems in cities. Tania Heath photo
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Author Paris Marx hopes his guide “Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation” receives people considering much more critically about transportation methods in metropolitan areas. Tania Heath photograph – Contributed

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“Also we do deal with a climate disaster and we want to handle that, and transportation is a big contributor to local climate transform. Is the reaction to that just to promote electric motor vehicles and persons switching from inside combustion engines to battery ability? Or need to we think a lot more essentially about producing it achievable for persons to not personal a auto at all and be able to get about reliably with possibilities?”

Marx claims his desire in technologies started when he was young, but creating about it and transportation created more than time.

He mentioned he attended Memorial College, did some travelling to unique nations, and then did a master’s degree at McGill College in Montreal.

“My master’s was in urban geography and it genuinely centered on transportation and the tech field and how the tech industry was looking at the potential of transportation, and no matter whether that was really likely to deal with the difficulties we have with our transportation system to make it additional equitable and far more obtainable for individuals,” he explained.

Marx is also no stranger to creating.

Local tech critic Paris Marx has put his foot to the pedal and written a new book, “Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation.” Tania Heath photo - Contributed
Regional tech critic Paris Marx has put his foot to the pedal and prepared a new ebook, “Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Receives Wrong about the Upcoming of Transportation.” Tania Heath photo – Contributed

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He’s been freelance creating since 2015-16 on issues linked to metropolitan areas, transportation, technological innovation and local climate transform, and has been posted in countrywide and intercontinental media.

He also begun a podcast in 2020 identified as, “Tech Is not going to Help you save Us.”

“The guide is centered on a whole lot of the composing I have carried out in excess of the past six or seven a long time, and the analysis I did in my master’s diploma. It is kind of getting all those issues and reframing them for a far more general audience relatively than an educational viewers,” he explained. “So the guide pulls a ton from historical past, from people like Peter Norton, who wrote ‘Fighting Targeted traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American Metropolis,’ and men and women like Fred Turner, who did a great historical past of the tech industry in the United States, and Margaret O’Mara, who has penned on that topic, and also a ton of crucial do the job that has been completed in excess of the earlier ten years on the proposals for the future of transportation from the tech sector.

“I also pulled from people today like Ursula K. Le Guin, an American science fiction novelist, just to provide other perspectives on technologies and transportation and modern society to check out to get individuals to assume in another way about the methods our modern society can be manufactured, the strategies we can believe about engineering.”

The ebook start is sponsored by Downtown Comics and Verso Books and will run from 7:30-8:30 p.m., all through which Marx will do a reading through, take queries and indicator textbooks.