1946/2016: Wake-up call

This is how we got around in traffic (in France) in 1946


And this is how we carried out our calculations in 1946

usa eniac COMPUTER year.

Fair enough but . . .


This is how we organize traffic (in France) in 2016

france paris peripherique traffic jam


This is how we carry out our calculations in 2016

Apple iphone 7

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How are we doing?

If we think of an enormous traffic jam in 2016, how is this going to look in a generation as an example of how we carry out our mobility?  What about using all the tools at our disposal (which we definitely are not in 99 cases out of one hundred)?


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Eric Britton
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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

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2 thoughts on “1946/2016: Wake-up call

  1. If we all used decentralized, artificial agent assistance for what we called the assignment problem, there are two implications:

    1. Without coordination, assignment approaches the El Farol Bar problem of social use of a capacitated resource.
    2. Norms of behavior to manage the common pool resource could emerge.


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