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In Perspective, Fun: Modern times

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
So he is making fun of Google mapping in his own artistic spoof or is he actually impacting their enterprise?
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
" 99 second hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps.Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic. "
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Brilliant! It would never have occurred to me as I don’t use that navigation and “turning red” is new to me!

Great performance art too!

Is it illegal anywhere?

I would be great way to stage an escape route after a bank robbery!
 

James Lemon

Active member
I had a GPS micro chip surgically implanted near the back of my right ear. Now I always know where I am!
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
Yes, but does google know where you are, can suggest "best deals" near where you are whenever they please and sell your position to the highest bidder?
 

James Lemon

Active member
Yes, but does google know where you are, can suggest "best deals" near where you are whenever they please and sell your position to the highest bidder?
Interesting image and back story! Google maps is something that I actually use, it has proved to be a functional piece of technology for me.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
What is the bad side of it apart from them being caught vacuuming up data from open Wi-Fi networks as they go down the streets!

Asher
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
Let me answer that question by an analogy.

Often, when visiting countries with living standards below our own, we will be approached by an "assistant". Invariably, it is a young person, presenting him or herself as "our friend" and wants to help us discover the great places of his or her country. You can follow that person, but you will soon find out that the "secret places" are little more than tourist traps only eager to let you part with your money. More often than not, you will pass aside the truly great places that country has to offer. These did not negotiate a percentage with your new "friend".

Now, there is another assistant made by a multibillion dollars company that also wants to be "your friend" (as if multibillion dollars companies needed "friends"...). Except that this assistant knows where you live, where you work, where you have been in the past 15 years, everything you have bought or checked online, reads your mail and has access to your bank account.
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
I can give an actual example of problems I have experienced by using google maps or similar websites.

I was on a short trip to Lisbon last year and relied at first on google maps and trip advisor. On such trips, I like to discover the city walking or using public transport and also like to visit some places off the beaten path. I wanted to visit a botanical garden. My hotel was not in the city itself, but 10km to the west.
While searching for botanical gardens, google maps would not give me the famous one in the city center by only gardens closer to my hotel. Naively, I thought the one I looked for was in the list, and proceeded to visit the largest one, which was closed for renovations. Only when I was there, and therefore closer to the city center, did it show me the one I was looking for, which was open but still quite afar. It also then showed me further botanical gardens, much farther away and as far as I can tell not open to the general public.
Back to the hotel, it showed me the one which was closed and not the one in the city center. The usual workarounds did not help.

Tripadvisor was markedly worse. All it apparently wanted me to do was to book a tour by a city guide. Except that the tours were organized from tourist hotels in the city center (so not mine) and only bookable the day after tomorrow. And that I did not want a tour at all, of course. And I could not find out how to use public transport.

I had a rental car (even if I also wanted to use public transport), and google maps or apple maps, while proving to be invaluable in main roads, were very frustrating when traffic was congested as they were not able to suggest anything else than using the car to add to the jam.

On the second day, I found out that there is a non-commercial site for travelers: http://wikitravel.org This proved to be a much better choice, explained how to use public transport and where to find actual interesting places. http://openstreetmap.org , of which I am a contributor, also proved much more useful when visiting the terrain on foot.

In that trip I also discovered a peculiarity of google apps on the iPad (I used and iPad for the trip). One cannot escape google spying powers on Android (except by heavily hacking the device), but one can on the iPad and normally I do not use a google account at all. During part of the trip I had to (for unrelated reasons, someone send me a google spreadsheet). This is where I found out that google apps circumvent iOS protections and make it sure that you are logged in all google apps at once. So if I wanted to use the spreadsheet, I would also be logged in when using the map application, or any other application and the browser. And then, I also got different answers to my searches.

I suppose that most people would not notice. Google maps pretends it is most useful when driving to work. Maybe it is, but I don't need a map to drive to work, I know my way around. OTOH, one expects a map to be useful in places he or she does not know. Except that if it only presents you biased info in places you do not know, you are not likely to ever find out.

There is a further peculiarity of all electronic maps that you are not likely to notice. In a next post, if you are interested.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Again, the tree brings us back to you, the content provider! That’s good. It keeps me orientated. I particularly enjoyed the picture and all the pictures you referenced once more.

Great comedians do that and screenplay writers and the payoff is always enjoyable.
 

James Lemon

Active member
My only experience with google maps is entering an address and having it guid me to my destination.

I don’t use it to find hotels, gas, bank machines or anything else that may be near me.
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
My only experience with google maps is entering an address and having it guid me to my destination.

I don’t use it to find hotels, gas, bank machines or anything else that may be near me.
If you use google to find the address, it amounts to the same when the two services are linked.
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
The feature is not redundant for google or they would not have implemented it twice. Likely, the features and knobs of your car serve a purpose for the manufacturer. It just so happens that I know someone who is working for a car manufacturer. He goes into great length to save fractions of cents. There is no extra knob in his budget.
 

James Lemon

Active member
The feature is not redundant for google or they would not have implemented it twice. Likely, the features and knobs of your car serve a purpose for the manufacturer. It just so happens that I know someone who is working for a car manufacturer. He goes into great length to save fractions of cents. There is no extra knob in his budget.
Yes a $2.00 saving on a simple part for production of 20 million vehicles is a substantial savings. However a recall on vehicle because a failure of that same part cost the manufacture more than the savings. This happens more than you might think. Recently I had two trucks that had to have faulty block heaters replaced that could cause your vehicle to burn up. These are simple things that have been put in for a hundred years, now all of the sudden there are problems.

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