When To Ignore Your Email

Tempted by thousands of hours of digital distractions, at home and at work, we diminish our creativity, our productivity, and our self-satisfaction.

The Connection Between Traffic Jams and Jobs

As the downside of low unemployment, traffic congestion can have an invisible cost that relates to time, gas, and aggravation.

When Cars Have To Decide Whether to Kill Grandma

Like people, autonomous vehicles will have moral dilemmas that require ethical decision-making but it could be tough deciding what is ethical.

Why Mapping Apps Create the Prisoner’s Dilemma

The success of a decision to use Waze, Google Maps, and other mapping apps to avoid traffic can depend on outsmarting the prisoner’s dilemma.

The Unintended Consequences of Plastic Bag Bans

Although plastic bag bans do help the environment, they also create unintended consequences that might make them less desirable.

A Dilemma: How Much to Pay for Our Privacy Protection

There is a doll whose name is Cayla. She has a pink skirt, a denim jacket, and a bluetooth connection. Like many toys, she can have a conversation with us. While these dolls are all Caylas, their manufacturer says you…

Where Meat Is Never a Free Lunch

Cow burps were supposed to be the problem. As a substantial source of methane, cattle (and other ruminants) naturally boosted the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). From there, the story suggests Meatless Mondays. By eating less meat, we can save…

Why It’s Tough to Plan Congestion Pricing

While it sounds simple to charge vehicles for driving in a certain area, New York’s actual congestion pricing plan is much more complex.

When Cash Is Not the Best Thank You

By avoiding repugnant transactions like selling foie gras or human organs, we are eliminating the benefits of the market.

Why Traffic Jams Are Spreading

During my frequent drives to Manhattan, traffic congestion is worse than ever. The reason could be Uber and Lyft. This is the story. San Francisco Congestion Let’s start with congestion. Like the Supreme Court quote on pornography (“…I know it…