Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Technology that works too well

This is the first time I hear about something that is going to be shut down because it works too well. The story is simple: In Dallas, the second largest city in the US state of Texas, the City Hall has decided to put up some cameras to capture images of drivers that would go though the red lights. The setup and maintenance of such system was quite expensive but the City Hall officials' idea was to fund the project with the fines that would be payed by drivers that were caught.

However, since the cameras work so well, every infraction was caught and soon drivers were no longer going through red lights, which in turn, undermined the funding of the project. So now the City Hall is considering stopping its planned rollout of more cameras, or shutting down the cameras on a rotating basis so as at least catch some infractions that could "save" the system.

The system that is meant to stop crime needs people to actually perform the infraction. Ironic, isn't it?

Source: Engadget

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