The ThreeBeeps rule the charging station by the Met Museum of Art
November 5, 2019 2:21 AM   Subscribe

“We’ve been safely coexisting with the feral self-driving scooters for over a decade. They’re part of the cityscape now, the last remnants of the scooter craze of 2021, sky-blue scooters that cruise the streets in solitude or cluster around their charging stations on the edge of Central Park, rippling their rainbow LEDs and beeping occasionally. It’s true that the scooters have developed survival strategies that may not always prioritize the safety of their riders. But as a behavioral ecologist, I’m convinced that humans and scooters can adapt to each other and that removing the feral scooters from Central Park would be a mistake.”
Janelle Shane (previously: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) writes a New York Times op-ed from 2031: We Shouldn't Bother The Feral Scooters Of Central Park:
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posted by glonous keming at 4:56 AM on November 5, 2019

I would like to pet the scooter. I have an up to date tetanus shot.
posted by Ziabatsu at 9:00 AM on November 5, 2019

Great. Now I fear the BeepBoops.
posted by Mchelly at 9:54 AM on November 5, 2019

I'm honestly surprised to discover that "Interscone" isn't an actual tech company. Yet.
posted by Kadin2048 at 11:22 AM on November 5, 2019

This is wonderful. Thanks, acb!
posted by lhauser at 7:11 PM on November 5, 2019

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