Scenario A: Transport in Cities
In 1951 New York city traffic looked like this:
And two generations later in 2011 it looked like this
Scenario B: Electronic Transport
In 1951 a computer looked like this:
And in 2011 it looked like this:
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What’s the point?
To get a grip on this striking comparison, a first step might usefully be to take note of the fact while Scenario A has steadily declined world-wide over the last two generations, Scenario B has seen an unimaginable increase in efficiency and sheer power on the order of trillions of times.
Now some may conclude that this difference is a result of the fact that we have not applied enough technology to Scenario A. I would beg to differ. It is because we have not applied enough brains.
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Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a student, teacher, activist and a "public entrepreneur" specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan International, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets and the Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7