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  1. Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
    Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
    Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
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  2. Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds

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    Customer Ratings (32 reviews)
    Price R600.00

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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.

Over the last fifty years, humanity has developed an extraordinary shared utility: the Global Positioning System. Even as it guides us across town, GPS helps land planes, route mobile calls, anticipate earthquakes, predict weather, locate oil deposits, measure neutrinos, grow our food, and regulate global finance. It is as ubiquitous and essential as another Cold War technology, the Internet. In Pinpoint, Greg Milner takes us on a fascinating tour of a hidden system that touches almost every aspect of our modern life.

While GPS has brought us breathtakingly accurate information about our planetary environment and physical space, it has also created new forms of human behavior. We have let it saturate the world’s systems so completely and so quickly that we are just beginning to confront the possible consequences. A single GPS timing flaw, whether accidental or malicious, could bring down the electrical grid, hijack drones, or halt the world financial system. The use, and potential misuse, of GPS data by government and corporations raise disturbing questions about ethics and privacy. GPS may be altering the nature of human cognition―possibly even rearranging the gray matter in our heads.

Pinpoint tells the sweeping story of GPS from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its presence in almost everything we do. Milner examines the different ways humans have understood physical space, delves into the neuroscience of cognitive maps, and questions GPS’s double-edged effect on our culture. A fascinating and original story of the scientific urge toward precision, Pinpoint offers startling insight into how humans understand their place in the world.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Pin Point is Spot on. Learn how our current GPS technology that we all depend on daily is linked to the past 40 years. Try to image now what it would be like without it. Praise for the Armed Forces and Public Corporations who now provide us with this incredible technology. With an armada of satellites circling the Earth, we are linked through multiple sources for defining our arrival expectations. Learn about the only Air Force Base in the world without a landing strip and the dedicated soldiers who guard it every second of every day. Learn about other nation states and their GPS technology and how it's shared.
I started this thinking it would be sort of a history of the technology but it was so much more. Very highly recommend this well written and easy to read description of how GPS reaches all things including a discussion of how it may change the human mind as it relates to our on personal map view.
A good description of the development and implementation of GPS by the military. The author curiously neglected uses of GPS by business. UPS gives their drivers the routes they will take each day, including avoiding left turns wherever possible to save time.
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