My 10yo son discovers the concept of ‘Perverse Incentives’

Recently, someone’s been advertising about a car that ‘watches the road for you’, and brakes for you when you’re falling asleep, distracted, etc.

The other day, Patrick told me ‘Dad, I’m worried about those cars’.

“Why is that?” I asked

“Well, if people think their cars are going to brake for them, they may think they don’t need to pay as much attention to the road, and there will be more accidents”. (i.e. a Perverse Incentive)

My boy!


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