[LINK] limits of technology in finding someone

Adam Todd link at todd.inoz.com
Sat Dec 9 18:45:06 AEDT 2006

It's not just GPS!  Check this out for "out of control" human interaction 
with technology:


The Death and injury count is well on the rise and it's only been released 
for a few weeks!

** Only a few humans have been injured in the course of this information, 
most death has been the PDA's, laptops, LCD TV's, Windows, Walls, Furniture 
and Home goods.

At 02:13 PM 9/12/2006, Roger Clarke wrote:
>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 is.

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