Compare different models of sharing that exist (or you can think of) in MoD systems (e.g. vehicle sharing, parking sharing, ride sharing, etc.) What operation/control problems do they have? What would the ideal form of sharing be for you and how would its resources be controlled?
When I think of an ideal sharing model, I tend to think of a different type of sharing. Whereas citiBike and ZipCar are a kind of private sharing systems, in that the vehicles are discretely being used on ones’ own defined timeframe, I think of a system with algorithmically-created shared shuttle routes. Something more akin to the routing systems in large distribution warehouse used at places like Amazon.
In these warehouses, individual human workers still have to parse the bins of products and find the correct products to fulfill online orders. However, they not merely given a single customers order and told to search the enormous warehouse for these different products. That would be hugely inefficient. Instead, a centralized computer reads all the incoming orders and dictates to each individual worker a ideal paths to fulfill some products that contribute to concurrently filling many people orders. The end goal of fulfilling each customers order is still accomplished. However, by splitting it up and then reassembling it them algorithmically an ideal path is taken.
In my imagined system, the user would input their destination on a their mobile device and a centralized computer would pair the user up with other users whose origins, routes, destinations are determined to be compatible. Then a shuttle or bus would take this ideal route. Adjustments and stops and route changes could be made on the fly to account for more users, traffic, etc. Obviously, there would be a whole new set of problems with this type of system, but I feel that truly shared vehicles/transit as opposed to ‘shared private’ vehicles such as citiBike or ZipCar could be a more efficient solution to congested transit.
In ME++ Mitchell talks about “electronic nervous systems” of intelligent urban environments. Discuss an example of an intelligent urban system you are familiar with and discuss the elements of the feedback loop, how its form of governance works, and who are its stakeholders (goals, decision makers, evaluators, etc.).
An example of an intelligent urban system is the modern Postal System. The various postal routes are the links that can deliver correspondence or packages between everyone with an address. There are a few forms of feedback for the consumers, most importantly the timely receiving of expected packages and letters, as well as close to realtime online tracking numbers. Every user knows that some mail comes every day and some mail only comes periodically. Much of this are unwanted and immediately discarded, but not because of an inefficiency of the system. Some packages are ordered from stores by the users and some packages come unexpectedly. The system is governed by the federal government and paid for by the consumers by the purchasing of stamps. As well, I would guess each mail carrier governs some specifics in the way they deliver the mail each day. The goal is provide transportation of correspondence and other shipped goods. At some point it was decided this was something that should fall under federal jurisdiction, but it seems like its not a profitable undertaking. But because almost everyone relies on the Postal Service for important bills, letters, etc., we are almost all stakeholders. There is probably some internal evaluation that can be done on the specifics of the system, but from a consumer perspective, the mail system works when your mail is received and delivered when expected.