Comments on: When we can’t see the world for our phones http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/05/when-we-cant-see-the-world-for-our-phones/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Kaleberg http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/05/when-we-cant-see-the-world-for-our-phones/comment-page-1/#comment-45042 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:00:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19703#comment-45042 I think he’s complaining that GPS might get you where you are going, but you won’t have any sense of where you are and what else is in the area. For some people, this is not a problem. If you are destination oriented and don’t plan on exploring the area, GPS directions are great, but it is like using a calculator. We’ve been tutoring high school kids in math, and they could barely add, let alone multiply. That made things like factoring, solving equations and recognizing solutions hard for them. We tell them to put down their calculators. At first they struggle, but presently they start learning something about numbers.

My own problem with GPS directions, except for walking and mass transit, is that the directions are usually so crappy. Google almost always goes around the long way, but sometimes takes shortcuts through people’s houses and suggests using hiking trails, some heavily overgrown, as roads. Worse, they don’t give me directions early enough to start changing lanes or watching for landmarks. Suddenly saying “take the next right” isn’t always useful or even safe.

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By: spectre855 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/05/when-we-cant-see-the-world-for-our-phones/comment-page-1/#comment-45036 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:31:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19703#comment-45036 Felix, I don’t think I really understand what you’re lamenting here. What is it that we’re missing out on by relying on gps? More scenic trips? Better geographical self-reliance? I’m not trying to be critical, I’m just trying to understand what exactly you find that we’re missing out on by choosing gps over a map.

If you’re only talking about trying to use gps in major metropolitan areas (New York, Tokyo) then I can understand criticizing gps’ technical shortcomings but that is not clear in the article.

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By: QCIC http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/05/when-we-cant-see-the-world-for-our-phones/comment-page-1/#comment-45027 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:37:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19703#comment-45027 A) The roads get safer every year.
B) Self driving cars will save us soon.

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By: Gaute http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/05/when-we-cant-see-the-world-for-our-phones/comment-page-1/#comment-45026 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:32:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19703#comment-45026 According to the Norwegian insurance company If, they paid out NOK 800 mill (appr USD 120 mill, 5 mill inhabitants) last year in damages caused by car accidents where the driver causing the damage had used his mobile phone http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/ostla ndssendingen/1.8836096 (Norwegian only). This was caused by talking, texting and surfing. They gave no information on injuries.

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