Image above: Meeting Karen, the GPS girl - we have all heard her!
Related links to Spatialworlds
GeogSplace (a teaching blog for Year 12 geography)
Geogaction (geography professional learning blog)
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website
A comical look at human spatial ineptitude when using a GPS in the car
Following on from the last posting related to the unfathomable ability of animals and some humans to have extraordinary spatial cognition, I thought it would be fun to have a look at the ineptitude of many humans to navigate and our increasing reliance on GPS to get us from A to B. As mentioned in a previous posting, such spatial navigation tools could in fact be taking away our ability to use our innate navigation tools. It is a slippery spatial intelligence slope we are embarking upon as we increasingly trust technology instead of our spatial instincts.
GPS comedy video clips
A TED Talk on fooling GPS
Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions ... or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own.