[linux-elitists] Two on RFID from Politech: Hack the tech, & Gilmore's dystopia

David O'Callaghan david.ocallaghan@cs.tcd.ie
Wed May 12 02:45:04 PDT 2004


On Wed, 2004-05-12 at 10:09, Jesse Meyer wrote:
[...]
> What happens when an entire generation is brought up driving vehicles
> that they don't listen to, don't feel, due to 'safety' measures.
> 
> Perhaps the unintended side effect is that vehicles will become less
> safe.

This is in agreement with the Risk Compensation theory of John Adams
(see http://www.fee.org/vnews.php?nid=3413 for a review of his book
"Risk"):

        The idea that individuals attempt to balance risks and rewards
        is the foundation of the theory of "risk compensation." Risk
        compensation theory says that each individual has his own
        internal risk "thermostat." When perceived risk is higher than
        what 'the individual finds comfortable, he is apt to take
        risk-reducing actions. When perceived risk is lower than what
        the individual finds comfortable, he is apt to take more chances
        in pursuit of other objectives.

Regards,

David
        




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