[ExI] experiment regarding ethical behaviors vs status: was RE: Will robot cars be TOO good?

spike spike66 at att.net
Wed Mar 28 01:17:48 UTC 2012

>... On Behalf Of Kelly Anderson
>>>... Perhaps the rich are in a hurry more often than the poor... :-)  --
>>... I think you hit it right on Kelly.  In my own analysis I missed an
important point: the racy German cars were favored by companies who offered
them as bait for the best executive talent. ...

>...OK, I thought about this while peeling a bunch of potatoes, and now I'm
not feeling quite so conciliatory. We should thank the rich who pay 90% of
the cost of the highway by giving them their own carpool lane. (In fact, the
do this here, as you can buy your way into the carpool lane, but that's
double taxation, the subject of another rant) We should allow them to travel
at 140 MPH in those lanes. We should bless them every time they blow past
us. Why? Because they are paying the damn bill to keep all that real estate
paved!...Rant over. For now. Sorry, I feel better now.-Kelly


No need for a rant Kelly, I think most everyone here agrees.  In fact, right
in that place where I cited the sporty German cars racing up to the front of
the merge line, we are doing exactly what you suggested: replacing carpool
lanes with toll lanes.  So those whose time is valuable can pay a fee to
save some time.  I have long advocated this, for even though I am a heavy
carpool lane user myself, they are not justified: so very often we were the
only occupants.  There were many occasions when we were whipping along at 65
right next to a miles long row of cars going at walking speed.  A casual
observer could see this is dangerous and causes animosity towards the rare
carpooler, while accomplishing approximately nothing.  I don't see that it
encouraged carpools.  My wife and I had only one car between us, and worked
in the same place, so we really didn't even have much choice.  We would have
carpooled anyway.

If you have a "Lexus lane" then you can adjust the toll until it evens out
the use.  It should be enough faster to justify the toll.  It is an
interesting experiment going on right here in California.

As I have often posted here, the rich are our friends.  They already pay
their fair share and then some.  Not only that, they create jobs for the
poor, so they help us there too.  The rich should be encouraged at every
opportunity, not criticized.  They come up with ideas which create wealth.
Of course there are bad guys in the mix, but there are bad guys in with the
poor as well.  I am not convinced that wealth correlates with bad behaviors.
In general I think good people who create positive feelings in others get
ahead more than their counterparts, the evil assholes.

Can we somehow write software to measure it?


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