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Pinpoint : how GPS is changing technology, culture, and our minds

Author: Greg Milner
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Pinpoint tells the story of GPS, a scientific marvel that enables almost all modern technology--but is changing us in profound ways, "--Amazon.com.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Milner
ISBN: 9780393089127 0393089126
OCLC Number: 944014235
Description: xx, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The whisper from space --
Part I: Calculating Route --
1. Tupaia goes home --
2. The when and the where --
3. Global reach, global power --
4. Ranging the perfect beet --
Part II: You Have Arrived --
5. Death by GPS --
6. The hornet's nest --
7. Better living through tracking --
8. Return from mid-ice --
9. Tied together (40.74375° N 73.9835° W) --
Epilogue: Direction home --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index. Introduction: The whisper from space --
Calculating route. Tupaia goes home ; The when and the where ; Global reach, global power ; Ranging the perfect beet --
You have arrived. Death by GPS ; The hornet's nest ; Better living through tracking ; Return from mid-ice ; Tied together (40.74375° N 73.9835° W) --
Epilogue: Direction home.
Responsibility: Greg Milner.

Abstract:

"Pinpoint tells the story of GPS, a scientific marvel that enables almost all modern technology--but is changing us in profound ways, "--Amazon.com.

Your Global Positioning System guides you across town; it also helps land planes, and anticipates earthquakes. Milner takes us on a fascinating tour of a hidden system that touches almost every aspect of our modern life, and shows how it has created new forms of human behavior. But the potential misuse of GPS data by government and corporations raise disturbing questions about ethics and privacy. GPS satisfies the scientific urge toward precision-- but may be altering the very nature of human cognition.

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