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I Told You So. - Diary of a Necromancer
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I Told You So.
Interesting article on GPS and how it may be causing our navigational abilities to atrophy, which is something I've been worrying about for years (no, really). I've only ever gotten lost lost once in my life -- in Dublin, as it happens -- and I can tell that I'm using the "if this is here, it's in relation to that so go there" method, as opposed to the breadcrumb-trail; in fact, the least effective way to give me directions is the absolute "go three blocks" method, because after the second block I'll usually have forgotten the rest of the sequence...

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randomdreams From: randomdreams Date: October 17th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'm not arguing the point, but I will argue that it doesn't matter much. Our hide-tanning skills and our fire-making skills have also atrophied.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: October 17th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Weelll, speaking as someone who also does have to live with a Directionally Challenged sort, and serves therefore as the household's living GPS unit 'cos the household is too broke to outsource it to a machine, I'm not looking forward to the day the satellites fail, it's gonna be ugly...
randomdreams From: randomdreams Date: October 17th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I think it's a *good* idea to be good at navigation, but I suspect we'll have pseudo-GPS using cellphone towers, and cheap receivers that can use the european and russian gps services, and the robustness will be enough that failure will mean we have bigger problems than figuring out where we are.
oursin From: oursin Date: October 17th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I think I posted about this in connection with the fabled Knowledge of the London taxi-driver, and how the ones who now rely on GPS are not in the same class as the ones who still rely on The Knowledge.
kuriequinn From: kuriequinn Date: October 17th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
This is actually scary to me. Being able to navigate through your part of the world, or even other parts, I think is very important.
catbirdgirl From: catbirdgirl Date: October 17th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
for me, GPS saves my life. I can't do the GPS function in my head. it takes me a million years to learn my way anywhere- I consider it a learning problem, my lack of mental mapmaking skills. And I can't read a map well either. So I love my GPS.
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