[ExI] Atlantic article on human reengineering with very strong reactions

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Fri Mar 16 08:06:30 UTC 2012

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:12:03PM -0600, Kelly Anderson wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 08:12:48AM -0700, spike wrote:
> > The average european car is about a ton, US is twice that. The problem
> > is expensive fitness display, more weight for luxuries and also subjective
> > perception of more safety.
> I'm having trouble with the "subjective perception" of more safety. I
> refer you to Sir Isaac Newton, who is a Sir for better reasons than
> Sir Elton John...
> F = ma

You're forgetting that people are driving faster to compensate the subjectively
perceived higher safety margin and SUVs are typically top-heavy and have high inertia. 
Net result is negative safety.

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