Assume there were a technological breakthrough that would allow people to travel as easily and cheaply between continents as between nearby cities. Unfortunately, there would also be 100,000 deaths a year from the device. Would you try to prevent its use?
No, I wouldn’t. There are risks with everything. While, statistically, flying is the safest form of transportation, there is still the risk of dying in a plane crash. That threat may be there, but that’s not going to stop me from getting on that plane. If it’s my time to go, it’s my time. If people are afraid of the risk that this new form of transportation would bring, then they shouldn’t use it.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.