The Future of Mobility

"The car has become an article of dress without which we feel incomplete", Marshall McLuhan once said. But what if oil prices continue to rise, and cities continue to grow? In the 21st century, the obsession with private car ownership is beginning to seem like a curious anachronism.

Revolutionary Steps...

Walking is making a comeback in the United States. But the mostly car-centered society has a lot to get used to.

Leading the Way...

Rather than a dangerous nuisance, motorcycle taxis are a vibrant part of the transportation network in many developing countries. City planners in OECD countries should take note.

Shifting the Paradigm...

The past decades have exposed the unintended consequences of car-based transportation. But times are changing: Cars are transformed from private vehicles into collectively used modes of transportation.

Transportation Is A Pu...

We value cars because we value our autonomy: To travel at a time and in a manner of our choice. For future mobility concepts, this poses a significant challenge: Can we expand the grid of public transportation without the straightjacket of bus schedules and crowded trains?

The Roads, They Are A-...

For almost a century, transportation policy has been heavily biased towards private cars. Yet times have changed, and transition is inevitable. The question is: Will that transition be forced and disruptive, or can it anticipate the sweeping transformations that lie ahead?


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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