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: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton