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Tomorrow is Good: The imminent end of mankind

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our time. Everything to make Tomorrow Good. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the previously published columns. The world is doing better than ever. All the figures point to higher levels of prosperity, health and quality of life than ever before, famine is disappearing, and almost all the measurable factors...

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Tomorrow is Good: Decluttering

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our time. Everything to make Tomorrow Good. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the previously published columns. Smart Mobility has many definitions. My image of smart mobility is a system where we can broadly share the given right to mobility in a way that is as sustainable as possible. And,...

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Tomorrow is Good: Animal-free meat

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our time. Everything to make Tomorrow Good. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the previously published columns. You can’t have missed it: this week it was the “national week without meat”. After Stoptober, the 30 days without alcohol, the walk to work day and cycle to work day, a nice...

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Tomorrow is Good: Fountains from the Discounter shop

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our time. Everything to make Tomorrow Good. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the previously published columns. There appears to be a considerable need for trinkets of which the added value in our daily lives initially seems to be very limited. Discount chains like the Action, the ultimate symptom of globalization, are...

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TOMORROW IS GOOD: the pizza economy

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our time. Everything to make Tomorrow Good. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the previously published columns. Apparently, an American is not able to live more than half an hour away from a pizza, because almost anywhere in the United States you can have a pizza delivered within half an...

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[TOMORROW IS GOOD] The Useless Class

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the previously published columns. Maarten Steinbuch recently referred in his column to the acclaimed book Homo Deus by Yuval Harari. I can also recommend it to everyone, but even half an hour of Harari-surfing on the internet...

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Tomorrow is Good: Bike Helmets

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Last week there was a lot of hassle about the insecurity of electric bicycles, especially for older cyclists. 87 percent of road deaths on an e-bike are persons of 60 years or older. The shift from traffic casualties of the classic victim group, the self-reliant young male driver, to the older cyclist has been visible for a long time, as shown in the following table from a study by the SWOV (Foundation for Scientific Research on Traffic Safety). Which also shows how quickly driving has become safer in the last decades. There are a few factors to place these numbers in context. First and above all, older people are cycling more than ever before, especially due to the rise of the electric bicycle. Between 2000 and 2014 there was an increase of approximately four to five times the distance traveled by people over 70. The number of victims has grown slower than that, indicating that other security enhancement measures seem to have an effect, especially in the infrastructure with...

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Tomorrow is good: Desire lanes

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the prior editions of [TOMORROW IS GOOD] I have been obsessed by it ever since I was young: “olifantenpaadjes“, or the desire lane phenomenon. According to Wikipedia “a non-official bike or hiking trail created unintentionally by users of regular bike and hiking trails over time”. They defy the beautiful ideas of planologists and landscape architects who overlook the human tendency to choose the shortest and easiest way. Our innate tendency to light anarchism depicted in a worn pathway on the lawn.   “Take a shortcut, it makes you human.”Carlo van de Weijer, TU/e Photo: the Limbopath-new-style On the TU in Eindhoven, we own one of the most famous examples of a desire lane: The Limbopath. Named after the many students from Limburg, who apparently prefer to stay in their home province more than average, rather than moving to a dorm room, and therefore relatively use this path a lot. For years, they tried to keep the green meadow between TU/e and the station intact. Even barbed...

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Flip boards

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Daan Kersten and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors are all working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Lucien Engelen’s turn. Here are all the prior editions of [TOMORROW IS GOOD] Hot news this week: The NS, the national railways of the Netherlands will reinvest in traditional flip boards for indicating train departure times, under pressure from complaining travelers. Because “people have trouble using the new digital screens”. I even wondered why those were necessary, now that apps provide much faster and more reliable information available on the smartphone. Hmm, not everyone has a smartphone, that’s right. But can we endlessly facilitate everybody…? It reminds me of a panel session I had five years ago where I debated with ANWB director Guido Van Woerkom about future mobility. He defended the roadside emergency telephones as an example of not-so-easy replaceable technology because tens of thousands of times a year they were still were used by people apparently without a telephone. The fact that every conversion cost about 100 Euro, about the price of a cheap phone with a subscription, eventually led to the unsustainable end of the charming form of road side pollution. You cannot endlessly facilitate...

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Tomorrow is Good: Manslaughter

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Daan Kersten and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors are all working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Carlo van de Weijer’s turn. Here are all the prior editions of [TOMORROW IS GOOD] After years of decline in the number of traffic casualties, we have seen an increase for the second year in a row. This was one of the reasons that the TU Eindhoven was one of in total 32 organizations who called for action last month. The main cause of accidents is shifting away from the classical overspeeding but because that is easier for public blaming, most of the consequent news focused on the call for more speed enforcement. No, distraction is the new main reason for accidents, especially through the use of our smartphone. Research shows that all drivers spend on average around 5% of driving on their mobile device. And knowing that the chance of an accident in that case is 24 times higher, it means that 60 to 70% of the casualties are currently due to the smartphone. As you can often read: “the car drove on the wrong side of the road for unknown reason”, “the car went off-road for...

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