Janus_The_Great t1_jaadvj4 wrote

you could also argue that industry (coming from Latin "diligence, activity, zeal") and automation (Greek "self-acting") are synonyms, but that leads to more chaos and thus only complicates things, so best to use them with their primary association they are today defined by.

AI can (and will) lead to further automation of production lines, granted, but so did digitalisation, and they all lead to more industrialisation.


Janus_The_Great t1_ja9jj0s wrote

Or you do it like the rest of the world and keep track of something the car in front passes by, start counting and stop counting when you pass that spot. If it's less than two seconds, you're too close. Bonus, it adapts for speed, you're literally counting down potential reaction time.

Do people not learn that in driving school in the US?

In Switzerland we still have markers sometimes, but they act as reminders. Counting is still safer.

Have a good one. Stay safe.


Janus_The_Great t1_ja9iji5 wrote

also we've altrady have had multiple phases of the industrial revolution:

manufacturisation, factorization, electronification, digitalisation, automatisation...

We are still in a mix of digitalisation and automatisation, depending on what place we are talking about, but artificialisation is definetly somewhere in the mix soon.


Janus_The_Great t1_iy45aec wrote

>Want to make conditions better in the subways and train stations? Improve the shelters, attack root causes of homelessness.

This is the only correct answer. Better shelters and oversight, should sink some of the issues given with homelessness. But without adequate social services the issue will not disappear.

Better yet would be housing for the homeless. But that's difficult to achive in a city where you pay ~1k for a shared bedroom already.


Janus_The_Great t1_iy43w4f wrote

Yes. Have you seen the quality of NYC shelters? I have. I wouldn't stay in one if necessary. I'd rather try my luck outside as long as I don't freeze to death. Violence, SA, theft and robbery are daily occurrence, next to vermin and disease. Most of the money intended for it is usually redirected as high wages for the management (which tends to live well of their proceeds, while often the absolute minimum isn't even given to the shelters themselves. There is little to no oversight.

There is a tendency to stop looking into it, after one has received calming assurance. But the right response to "No need to worry, there is shelter for everyone" is to question the quality of those shelters. If most homeless tend to stay out of them, they don't seem work as intended. Having visited some work wise, I wouldn't stay in one, simply too dangerous.

So unless there is a broader social reform, there is little change to the current situation to be expected.


Janus_The_Great t1_iy3wxkk wrote

Where am I badmouthing? Im criticizing facts. If facts are perceived as problematic, well then there are issues.

I love NYC, great city, the bearing heart of the US, and iconic metropolises ob the world. That doesn't change that there are things to criticize.

Criticism is the highest form of praise or patriotism. The wish to improve. The wish to become better in the inevitable changes of time.

To be blind to criticism only underlines the wish for no change or an acceptance of decline. It means you don't wish for betterment.

Times arrow only moves forward, and with it change. My intention isn't to "badmouth" New York, but to give frank criticism, in hopes to bring focus to where improvement is needed, to prevent detoriation of what you and I love about this city.

I'm sorry if it came across to harsh or malicious, that wasn't my intention. Having grown up with Francian heritage, it's literally part of my culture to be frank.

Jave a good one stay safe.


Janus_The_Great t1_iy3udkr wrote

Every homeless New Yorker, correct. Have you heard about the conditions in many of those? Have you visited one? While on paper it looks social, it isn't. I would think more than twice to stay in one if I'd need to.

Covid had an impact, I agree, but I don't think it's just more from out of state, but rather more new Yorkers too. Rising poverty levels...


Janus_The_Great t1_iy3rnj3 wrote

>As a historian

Next to having studied sociology, philosophy and psychology.

You see, in progressive actually developed countries we don't pay for tertiary education, and thus aren't usually limited to one discipline in our careers. Ever heard of interdisciplinary? It's totally in trend since like three decades...🤷‍♂️

In Finnland you get paid for studying, not paying...

That's what i mean with illiterate to the rest of the world works.

Without going into details, I specifically analyse the development of US society and the potential risks for its future from a interdisciplinary standpoint. That's my job.

What's your expertise?

None given, none taken. Have a good one.


Janus_The_Great t1_iy3pv8t wrote

While I share your perception of it being a nuisance in public spaces (try to find a seating option in Grand central...), limiting access won't resolve the issue.

NYC/NY/US needs to invest in social structures. As long as there is unnecessary/artifical poverty created by inhumane conditions, bad social structure and economic exploitation there will be homeless people. With the current developments in environment and society, if you're not making at 100k, prepare to become part of the issue over the next two decades.

Excluding them won't stop the issue. The US wishes to be #1, but really often shows they aren't, by far. Below the poverty line bo not live lesser people, just the less fortunate one's.


Janus_The_Great t1_iy3ni8m wrote

Agree, There should be more options for the homeless and shelters and centers.

>not burden the rest of society and make them deal with avoiding homeless people literally everywhere.

That will never stop being a burden until the US becomes a social or mixed economy, rather than being a neo-liberal economy. There is no money to be made in helping homeless, so neo-liberal forces ignore the issue. Charity rather than state financed options and social programs is the US approach. Hence the situation not much changing.

Since exploitation, disenfranchisement and instrumentalisation of employees are some of the economic forces the US economy is based on, there will always be a fall off, that lands on the streets. But below the poverty line do not live lesser people.

Having homelessness is a polical choice, that's why some countries, practically don't have any. Many, especially New York try to push them out, socially and locally exclude them. That's not gonna work, and making the homeless illegal as some US counties have tried, is distopian. US prison labor is already basically slavery with extra steps. Inhumane anyways, yet the current path it seems.

Having lived abroad for most of my life, this was a shocker coming to the US, how less fortunate are treated. A major factor seems to be who to blame for failure. Americans seem to be convinced that the individual him/herself is 100% responsible for their fate/situation/life. Which in reality is closer to 30%, while 60% is access to socal institutions (Education, health, mental health, supportive structures, good peer communities, room for creativity etc.) and about 10% luck

My wife and I are looking to leave the US again soon, it's... we both do not perceive the US as a country to raise kids in or to life free (never felt more disenfranchised than here). The people are nice and friendly but generally illiterate outside their expertise, nor any idea of the world outside the US. Super friendly people but the lack of general knowledge is frightening, especially political and social illiteracy. As a historian a lot of mentalities/sentiments remind me of the late Weimar republic years, which isn't a good sign.

Have a good one


Janus_The_Great t1_iy2k1hm wrote

>Homeless should stay in designated shelters

As in "they should have access to shelters etc." not as in "they should be put into internment camps, unfree to leave".

And if you wonder who would even think of the second, the answer is: Enough to be careful how we write/formulate our sentences. Sane reasoning, and healthy social morals have become rare these days...