I Was Trapped in a Full Elevator 47 Stories up at the Biggest Tech Show of the Year | 22 Words

I Was Trapped in a Full Elevator 47 Stories up at the Biggest Tech Show of the Year

By Aaron Rheingold

Daily interaction with technology is inevitable in this world.  Sure, Siri still seems to barely understand what you’re asking of it, and driverless cars feel like they’ll always be “five years in the future.”  Don’t even get me started on whatever the heck VR is. That said, there are machines in life we expect to work, all of the time, every time.  The washing machine will finish its cycle, your car is supposed to start (and stop) when you tell it to, and the ceiling fan won’t come spinning off its base, sending wooden blades flying around the room at 100mph.  These are the machines that have been around since the steam age, the turn of the century.  They’ve been proven for over 100 years.  Sure, some people way back when may have been hurt in the development of these daily staples, but that’s ancient history. You rarely think twice about jumping in an elevator.  Whether it’s a three floor trip up to the dentist or 50 floors to get to the office, as you walk into the steel box that will propel you vertically at upwards of 45mph and press your floor, the ensuing ride is almost always uneventful.  Besides, more often than not, multiple elevator trips are required to get where you need to be.

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