MIT still growing
Christian Parenti’s piece is spot on. However, Parenti should be advised that MIT has not been motionless since publication of Limits. The “Engineering Systems” division, in particular, has been working on approaches that (i) use standard tools like “systems dynamics”, which are more-or-less generic, formal tools, as Parenti points out, but that also (ii) attempt to bring political and economic policy into the engineer’s design philosophy. A recent PhD dissertation focused, for example, on demand-side control of electricity (using so-called “smart metering” technology) in order to reduce, or at least level, demand rather than merely meeting demand requirements. The idea of political neutrality is up for grabs, even among engineers. The situation is, indeed, that desperate.
Dec 9 2012 - 10:31pm