Demand for future transport

David Levinson

There are differing beliefs about the effects of autonomous vehicles on travel demand. On the one hand, we expect that automation of itself is a technology that makes travel easier, it pushes the demand curve to the right. For the same general cost, people are more willing to travel. Exurbanization has a similar effect (and automation and exurbanization form a nice positive feedback system as well).

The importance of being there

Marco Longari

Libreville — When I got to Gabon to cover the recent election, I found myself the only photographer from a major global news organization in the country. People ask — why bother covering yet another election and unrest in yet another African country? I tell them – how can we not? This is where Africa’s modern history is unfolding. If we are going to tell the story of Africa, of the narratives that are taking place on the continent, then we cannot back off from coming to places like these.
 I take pride in the fact that I’m here and telling the story and that we’re not passing on these kind of events.

3 Books for the International Visitor

Occasionally, I have the privilege of meeting an international visitor to the United States. In some cases, it is their first visit. Perhaps, they are visiting my home – the Madison area.

I often mention three books that might provide a lens to contemplate the recent United States.

They are:

A. When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss,

B. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, and

C. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor.

There are surely many others.