There’s a strong sense that engineers and companies working on perfecting the self-driving car don’t care much for driving at all. Thus, it leads to sour perceptions from enthusiasts and those who appreciate cars and driving. Recently, a Waymo engineer seemingly made a joke about the state of the auto industry, but it backfired in all sorts of terrible ways.
Vahid Kazemi, a software engineer on Alphabet’s Waymo autonomous car team, tweeted out a peculiar argument as to why humans shouldn’t drive cars at all. It read:
We can only imagine the engineer was joking, but the out-of-touch reality seems oh so real here with people outside of Silicon Valley. And, frankly, it sounds… spoiled? Privileged? It’s just a very peculiar statement to make in general.
Kazemi deleted the first tweet and then posted a follow-up response where declared “Bad jokes escalate quickly on Twitter. Note to self, only tweet exactly what you mean.” Users pounced on the opportunity for comedy with one user replying: “Get a computer to write better jokes for you.”