White Paper 2011-02: Organization before Electronics before Concrete PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 October 2011 13:23
Ever since the U.S. first landed on the Moon in 1969, a popular parlor game has been: “We put a man on the moon, so why can’t we easily solve __________?” Fill in the blank.

The “moonshot analogy”is faulty because “down to earth” problems are very complex and intractable compared to moon travel. Cultural and social problems present rapidly growing, idiosyncratic complexities as more humans become involved. But with Apollo, brute force (e.g., $98 billion in 2008 dollars and 100,000+ scientists) was easy, and the technical performance needed was simple to predict.

The moonshot analogy also leads to the belief that simply applying new, allegedly “revolutionary” technology to difficult transportation problems necessarily leads to easy solutions...

For the rest of White Paper 2011-2, use this link: www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/whitepapers/OrganizationbeforeElectronicsbeforeConcrete.pdf.