Pissing in the streets and self-driving cars

A friend sent me this article about a Scottish councillor who was recently fined for urinating in public. What was particularly ironic about it is that this councillor was responsible for closing public toilets in an effort to save money. I’ve already had a couple of rants about men pissing in the street – I’m not a fan of public urination – and then last week we discovered that public toilets get closed for the winter.

Flushing toilets were invented more than 400 years ago and Britain was apparently the first country to construct a modern sewerage system to combat disease and improve sanitation which are worthy goals. So why do people still piss in the streets?

While I’m sharing interesting articles I also came across this ethical dilemma about self-driving cars on the web recently. The question is: should self-driving cars kill their passengers to avoid hitting a large group of pedestrians? Or put more simply, is it better to swerve and kill one person – the occupant of the car – or a group of 6 pedestrians who would be run over if the car didn’t swerve. I think the answer is yes, it’s better to kill the occupant of the car, but would you buy a car that did that? I think I’ll stick with my bicycle 🙂