Segway has just announced their glorious S-Pod personal transportation device, which does away not only with tedious walking, but with tedious standing as well. Yes, you just sit. And go.
Dr. David H. Keller wrote a piece satirizing the growing inappropriate use of labor-saving technologies in 1928; see if he didn't predict the Segway S-Pod some ninety years ago. He called it the Auto-Car
... the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia was filled with the usual throng of pleasure seekers, each in his own auto-car.
(The Autocar from The Revolt of the Pedestrians)
Noiselessly, on rubber-tired wheels, they journeyed down the long aisles, pausing now and then before this exhibit or that which attracted their individual attention... Finally, a boy stopped his auto-car in front of a glass case.
"What is that, Father? They look as we do, only what peculiar shapes."
"That, my son, is a family of pedestrians... This family was shot in the Ozark mountains. It is believed they were the last in the world..."
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