Is the patch available?
Increasingly with current not to mention future technological advances our devices are extensions and augmentations of our brain more and more directly. So expecting a person to not have those devices or have them turned off is effectively asking them to do a partial lobotomy and to decrease their effectiveness. This is increasingly going to be seen as an old fashioned and quite short sighted affront and rightly so.
If you work almost all day at a computer and have little more desired/needed interaction with people than you could comfortably do by phone or online then why the hell are you being required to commute in the first place? That is the most important question.
Next, the price of public transit is not the issue. Not being able to get around on my own schedule is an issue. And in my case I have a handicap which while not quite bad enough to put me in a wheelchair does preclude standing around waiting for transport or walking much at all at the endpoints.
Third, public transit is only per passenger/mile economical when nearly full. To satisfy more flexible schedule it has to run a great deal of the time at far less than its environment and $$ cost break even point.
So no, I wouldn't take it, generally speaking, even if it was free.
Now if we had self driving little pods that would optionally join/leave trains of such when optimal for the journey then I could see the point modulo the first and most important question of whether the trip makes any real sense in the first place.
The needs are actually rather bounded. It is desires that are unbounded. We can meet all the former as a matter of course without too much trouble as far as technology goes. Resources are not scarce, especially when we are not bound to this one rock and continuously invent/find new resources even upon it. Most resources we use today outside of things like fossil fuels are not destroyed but cycled to freaking landfill. There is are many fortunes to be made if we can figure out how to take advantage of that. We are not yeast mold in a sugar solution. Yeast most does not think and innovate. Open your mind.
What for if we can meet everyone's needs and many of their desires with a trivial fraction of total productive capacity? The question of whether we have a job for all these people will or at least can become completely irrelevant. The notion that you can only receive if you contribute is a notion rather mired in scarcity thinking. Yes, it will be a HUGE challenge to get beyond scarcity thinking from the individual level and throughout society. But the problem of eliminating scarcity is quite solvable at the technological level. The social and psychological and institutional level is something else again.
Actually you are missing something huge. There is no need to stay in the cities for work and so on increasingly due to the tech making remote work more and more possible. Land out away from the current hubs and houses there are very very cheap compared to those hubs. Also contour printed houses are coming fast along with much better and faster prefabs. Add in gigabit internet everywhere which is in the cards. We will spread out to much cheaper digs.
What would it take?
1) Atomically Precise Manufacturing - read "Radical Abundance" by Eric Drexler. Basically the cost of almost all produced goods drops by orders of magitude. Think of super 3D printing at the atomic level and and cheaper than subtractive manufacturing.
2) Abundant cheap energy - We need roughly 2x - 3x more energy than we use now to bring everyone up to the level of say the EU now. How do we get it? In about 2-3 decades according to major solar components we will have large scale cheap energy storage and other advances essential to making solar fully as cheap as the cheapest 24x7 grid wide electricity generation today. In the mean time modern nuclear plant designs are failsafe even in Fukushima level once in 300 years style disasters and produce only 5% of the nuclear waste of most current designs which are totally out of date. Also we have enough thorium for thorium based nuclear plants to last 20,000 years. We need to overcome nuclear hysteria to license and built such plant and to remove extraneous legal costs that are far beyond what is reasonable and needed for safety.
3) Access to knowledge/computation - Moore's Law is doing a fine job of spreading this across the globe and rapidly. We also need to fix the very broke IP laws that balkanize the global mind into petty fiefdoms.
All of these could quite easily be done within 50 years producing more than enough physical abundance and delivery to meet all the needs and many of the desires of everyone on earth whether they are working or not. IF WE HAVE THE VISION AND THE WILL.
When did NASA pay for any of its failed launches? When did the big boys it usually contracts with pay? When did the Russians pay for their failures? This is bullshit.
Back in the 80s I built a persistent OO systems with sophisticated ACL. We implemented it by finagling the message dispatch mechanism to make select methods on guarded classes error out instead of doing what they normally did. That was on Objective C so it was fairly easy to get to the dispatch table. Some equivalent of that plus a filter on what objects were returned pretty well did it.
Is this the owner of slashdot.org or something else. If they are the same then WTF ARE YOU GUYS DOING taking over people's projects and locking them out?
It is a mill. It builds things according to instructions it understands. So what?
3D printers a danger to civilization? At one time the same sorts of worrywarts said that the printing press was a danger to civilization. Many today say the internet is a danger to civilization. Please do not let these nattering nabobs win. We want and need the ability to create objects from designs to be free and open. Trying to limit it is like trying to limit a compiler to only compile programs you like. It is counter-progress nonsense.
That I can print or mill a gun, hatchet, tomahawk or whatever does not in the least mean I am going to be murdering people. The stats on liberalized gun ownership show that each time violent crime drops.
I wish I had understood myself better and that the cool stuff I wanted to do and explore was more in academia and/or starting my own company than being an employee. If I could turn back the clock in my era I would have got a CS PhD so I had the choice of academia and research labs. And I would want my young self to really really get that working on things you really give a damn about in the way you think best is way way more important than a steady paycheck.
The same people that say it is OK that the NSA weakens security paradigms and that take seriously government demands for backdoors in all crypto systems and that OKs spying on everyone is not about to do a complete 180 and actually do anything to build up security. The corporations can do little for better security while the government is busy weakening and limiting all security tools. So simply making more demands on companies is useless.
The next time an Apple-head tells you that their walled garden is there to protect the user and improved their experience and make the device more dependable just laugh in their face.
Java was designed to make it possible for an army of mediocre programmers to not mess up too badly and to actually produce something. That is according to Gosling himself. It is hell on earth for much better programmers. It also brought in or at least accentuated the cookie cutter coder drone model of software development and ideal teams so popular for much too long with many a software manager. They didn't want any "heroes" or any that were 10x to 100x more productive. So Java makes is nearly impossible to be that productive.
Now the "rebellion" builds clojure, scala, jruby etc. to drain this swamp.