By now, you've probably heard about Uber's newfangled technology that's taking Pittsburgh by storm. Uber's first fleet of autonomous vehicles recently hit the streets and, with two human drivers up front and ready to take the wheel at a moment's notice, they're now transporting willing participants all over the city. While a small percentage of us are ecstatic at this technological advancement, which could dramatically affect Pittsburgh's lack of public transit and increase road safety, it seems most folks are readying their torches and pitchforks at the idea of being driven around by "robot cars." You'll be hard-pressed to find a local that doesn't have a very strong opinion on the matter.
Comparing ourselves to other cities
Even though Pittsburghers are a prideful bunch, we regularly seek validation by comparing our own city to others. "We're like New York City but friendlier!" "We're like San Francisco with less hills!" But we're a humble enough city to nod accordingly when outsiders proclaim we're "like a dirtier version of Portland," or like "Brooklyn with less culture." Pittsburgh is that friend you had in high school that made everybody laugh by constantly putting themselves down.