The hyperloop seems almost designed to prey upon the press's weakness when it comes to engineering and technology. It's a story that demands a grasp of infrastructure, implementation, and the distinction between mature and immature technology. On top of that, it combines an alarming number of the elements of the stories that have suckered the press corps in recent years. Silicon Valley hype, CEOs who are inevitably described as "visionary," ludicrously optimistic cost estimates, and geewhiz heavy technology.
Already, we are seeing many aspects of the Mars One fiasco playing out again:
Reporters are asking all the wrong questions;
They are seeking out "experts" with highly unrepresentative opinions;
They are credulously accepting numbers that are easily an order of magnitude off;
As far as I can tell, few have even bothered to look at a map of the route. Otherwise, we'd surely be hearing more about the bizarre decision to start a super sonic rail line to San Francisco just south of the Tejon Pass;
When the occasional journalist does actual... you know... reporting, it has little to no impact on the discussion.
This is going to get ugly.
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