[extropy-chat] Segways banned in Disney World

Adrian Tymes wingcat at pacbell.net
Sun Feb 8 18:41:48 UTC 2004

--- Mike Lorrey <mlorrey at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- Adrian Tymes <wingcat at pacbell.net> wrote:
> > Not really.  Segways were given a chance, and
> proved
> > that they can easily become unsafe under common
> > conditions (specifically, when the battery runs
> low or
> > when driven by an uncautious person).
> WHich is a bogus application of the Precautionary
> Principle. Common
> bicycles can cause fatalities if you go fast enough
> with them,
> especially coming down the steep hills of San
> Francisco. So what?

Those conditions aren't as common.  Though, perhaps
"when the battery runs low" is the one that should be
focussed on: when other vehicles run out of power,
they tend to stop (modulo gravity, but brake failures
aren't that common either).  So do Segways, but in
said situations, they stop in ways injurious to their
users.  (Or so I've heard; I could well have been

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