solving the traffic problems of Cambridge, UK

Many of these ideas are now being developed by the Smarter Cambridge Transport group, led by the author of this post. options to reject bus lanes/ways the Cambridgeshire Local Transport Plan and first phase of the City Deal transport initiatives contain some excellent, eminently worthwhile schemes, but the main solution that councils are proposing for… Continue reading solving the traffic problems of Cambridge, UK

driverless cars

the introduction of driverless cars will be hugely disruptive, a revolution comparable to the introduction of computers, the Internet and mobile phones. it will make roads safer, taxis cheaper, and radically alter the built environment. but, just as computers made millions of pool typists redundant, so driverless cars will make millions of taxi and truck… Continue reading driverless cars

national identity cards

purpose fears relating to terrorism and illegal immigration, and the growing problems of identity theft and fraud have induced several countries’ governments to propose national identity card schemes, most recently the US, UK, Japan and France. identity cards are nothing new: in developed countries most people own numerous identity documents: passport, driving licence, bank cards,… Continue reading national identity cards

international sign language

what is a sign language? sign language is a complete language like any spoken language, but using hand and facial gestures (primarily) to convey meaning. some gestures are ‘pictorial’, and convey their meaning without reference to any other language; other gestures refer to words in a spoken language, usually by ‘finger-spelling’ some of the letters… Continue reading international sign language

system of government

what’s wrong with democracy? the fundamental principle of democracy is beyond question: that government is for the benefit of all people, and so must answer to their needs and aspirations. but implementations of democracy are flawed: representation disempowerment of minorities whose interests (e.g. religion, language and culture) are opposed or ignored by the popular majority.… Continue reading system of government