In this 9th installment of the Beyond VS series, we follow the journey of Bey and her AI assistant, OND, as they explore the limitless possibilities of technology and its potential impact on infrastructure and transportation. Set against a backdrop of digital illustrations and night scenes, the narrative unfolds through a series of panels that delve into the characters’ aspirations, ideas, and ethical considerations.
The story kicks off with Bey revealing her decision to enroll in college to study Urban and Regional Planning, focusing on transportation. OND, programmed with Bey’s interests, supports her enthusiasm and even contemplates the ethics of AI assistance in academic settings. The university, however, has no qualms about AI help, setting the stage for a collaborative educational journey.
As the narrative progresses, Bey and OND engage in thought-provoking discussions about the future of transportation, from self-healing concrete and solar-powered roads to electric vehicle infrastructure and high-speed maglev trains. They also touch upon the broader scope of infrastructure, including smart grids, water treatment technologies, and communication networks.
The script doesn’t stop at existing technologies; it ventures into the realm of emerging innovations like reality capture, digital twins, and even moonshot ideas like the Hyperloop and low Earth orbit travel. The duo’s conversations oscillate between the challenges of today and the immense possibilities of tomorrow, leaving readers inspired and hopeful.
In the end, Bey is not just looking for a college degree but aims to absorb all she can to make a tangible impact on the world. Ond, ever the supportive AI, jests about receiving credit in Bey’s future valedictorian speech, encapsulating the ethical and humorous undertones of their relationship.
This issue of Beyond VS serves as a compelling exploration of how technology can revolutionize our world, from the roads we drive on to the buildings we live in. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, sustainability, and urban planning.