Self-organisation, traffic lights and empathy

Recommended viewing for contemplating the power of self-organisation and the hidden costs of top-down control. The best line in the commentary was this: “Road capacity might be limited but empathy is boundless.”

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Hat tips: A blog around the clock and Richard Gayle

2 thoughts on “Self-organisation, traffic lights and empathy

  1. Kare Anderson

    Echos the findings in the books Smart Swarm and Emergence.

    Maybe the traffic engineers need a “Nudge”?

    A warped side comment, I just read in The New Yorker that the head of Iran’s PdD is in traffic management… no room for parody sometimes eh?

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  2. Bollard

    Wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Time to let go of the illusion of “control”. Matthew E. May describes similar successful outcomes with self-organizing traffic in the book “In Pursuit of Elegance”.

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    LEEDS CITY COUNCIL NEED TO SEE THIS VIDEO.

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