So here’s what would apparently happen if 1,500 people all started crossing the street at Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing while they were looking down at their phones.
You’ll notice a handful of things:
- A total disregard for crosswalks! These mouth-breathers are just walking right out into the middle of everything.
- Two of them just walk in place when they run into each other. The last time I did that, mall security Segwayed me out by my shirt collar.
- One of the guys gets run into and then bows as though it’s his fault! Sack up, man!
- Only one guy drops his phone, which seems really low for 15,000 hoopleheads all running into each other.
- Two fall down and get right back up, all while still looking at their phones (probably accurate).
- It takes an eternity for the street to clear when it’s the cars’ turn to go again (probably accurate), yet only a couple horns honk (maybe accurate in Japan; absolutely not accurate just about anywhere else).
- The guy at the very end appears to fall down at the top of a subway entrance and, instead of getting back up, he’s does the Worm for a bit. I’d grab a simulated beer with that guy any day.
According to Kotaku, the video is a joint effort between one of Japan’s major wireless companies – NTT Docomo – and Aichi University of Technology, which cobbled the simulation together. The message? I can’t read Japanese, but I’ll bet it’s three-fold: Don’t text and walk, watch where you’re going, and remember that the Worm will never, ever, ever go out of style.
Computer Simulation of 1,500 People Looking at Smartphones and Walking [Kotaku]
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