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  • The closing of America’s open road

    WBUR - 01/01/2016

    That free mobile app that so conveniently reroutes us around traffic comes with a hidden price. It’s a price that will take years for us to appreciate. But the next time you find yourself on some obscure back road, rerouted by an algorithm, take note of all of those cars suddenly ahead and behind you. And let out a low, bovine moo.

    The algorithm is herding us.

    The car, a century-old technology, is fast becoming the ultimate consumer electronic of the digital age — indeed the leading edge of the industrial Internet.

    This rise in vehicle connectivity — and parallel transportation trends — will ultimately produce major changes in the country’s self-image and collective psyche.

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