Slightly out of context, but also very revealing. Just what is this culture that you want governments and people to be so protective of? And why not Creative Commons?
Very cool, though I do doubt the level of immersion they mention works for everyone. But then, it could just be in my subconscious.
The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.” —
So yeah, overblown much?
Our civilization prides itself of its technological achievements. We are proud to achieve more with less thought, effort, and technique. We are so proud of our machines that only few people realize that other civilizations had invented them way before our civilization had even formed. Here the thing: The old Greeks for instance already had steam engines. However, they were not used for practical purposes.
Why didn’t they build railways, cars, and rockets? They didn’t dare. Using automats for pragmatic tasks seemed just too much, over the top, inhuman. What held them back? Being as smart and inventive as they were, they definitely could have come up with a concept as obvious as wheels on rails. It was not the lack of steel or the missing pistons but the fear of hubris that prevented them to use the steam engine for more practical tasks. It was the fear of hubris.” —
A stirring call for wisdom in design and a consideration on the role of technology in modern society. All sparked by the nuclear disaster in Japan.