The Camera Man On A Segway That Almost Ended Usain Bolt's Career Shows We Trust Technology Too Much
I really, really want to criticize this camera guy. After all, he really only has two jobs. Keep the camera shooting at Usain, and don't violently run into the back of his ankles when he's not looking. That's the extent of his job description. While that may be seem like a relatively light workload, that definitely doesn't account for the newness of the technology. Yeah, segways have been around for awhile now, but hands free segways/hoover boards are a fairly new phenomenon. A new phenomenon that, as of now, is much better suited for athletes and rappers that are trying to look cool in public. The fact that these machines don't require hands does open up a world of possibilities in terms of multi-tasking. There's no doubt about that, but can we maybe focus on making sure this guy has mastered his motorized big wheel before we give him the task of closely following an all-world athlete? You learn to skate, and THEN you learn to play hockey. They basically had this guy try on his first pair of skates and then threw him out there on defense during the State Championship.
"Hey Usain, after you finish there's going to be a guy riding directly behind you on a hands-free motor vehicle, that requires close attention to weight distribution, and he's going to be putting all his focus on the 50 pound camera he's holding."
Seems a little more ridiculous now that you think about it, right? I'm not blaming the guy that got blindsided during his celebratory lap, but we, as a society, we need to be more skeptical of technology. Trusting this guy to flawlessly execute a camera shot on a vehicle that is like 6 minutes old is like hopping on the first ever attempted flight with the Wright brothers and falling asleep before takeoff. Usain Bolt shouldn't be frantically looking around for any signs of impending danger like he's trying to toddler proof his house, but since his legs are his life I might steer clear of people whose job it is to drive while distracted.
9/14/2016 05:37:27 pm
Security cameras are everywhere now. Everywhere you look, there always seems to be at least one hidden camera watching over the area, and for good reason
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