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 in the doctoral program of the Graduate Faculty of Economics of Columbia University, Eric Britton is MD of EcoPlan International, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government, business and civil society on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, climate/energy strategies, social-technical change and sustainable development. His latest work focuses on the challenges of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and find practical solutions to these issues. Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, his forthcoming book, “CONTRADICTIONS: Toward a General Theory of Transport in Cities”, is being presented, discussed and critiqued in international conferences, master classes, peer reviews and media events over 2015. - - > More: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7