Sunday, September 20, 2009

What if everyone became frugal

The recent drive of the government to encourage austerity among its leaders made me recall the project on connected mathematics and how hard it is to make sense of complex phenomena.

If there is a shortage of train seats and those who could travel by plane decide to practice austerity, what happens to the people who could have travelled by train but could not. These people will have the option of travelling very uncomfortably by bus or unreserved train. Or if the task is urgent, they can always experience the luxury of flying which they could ill afford.

It would be great to model what would happen to the society if everyone decided to adopt austerity. I still have to get around to learning and exploring netlogo.

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