[LINK] limits of technology in finding someone

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Dec 9 14:13:57 AEDT 2006

At 12:13 +1100 9/12/06, Rick Welykochy wrote:
>AFAIK, a taxi driver *must* abide by any directions you give to
>arrive at your destination.
>But (big sigh) rules and obligations are one thing and reality is
>quie another.

Another rule is, or always was, that they have to pass a geography 
test.  In olden days, they generally had a pretty good idea what they 
were doing.  These days, I routinely have to explain to Sydney 
cabbies where B is, and how to get from A to B.  I haven't lived in 
Sydney for 23 years, yet can still navigate better than most of them.

Back to the point:  in classical Information Systems theory terms, 
GPS is a decision support tool that's being used by naive people as a 
decision tool.

The purposes to which GPS is being put are extremely challenging, and 
it's no surprise that quality is highly variable, and horror stories 
will keep happening.  As ever, marketers and technology supremacists 
are happy to lie in order to make it seem much better than it really 

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