A deep history of maps and navigation, from the ancient Polynesians to the pinpoint GPS on your smart phone now and the pinpoint tracking to come. Among the guests on this episode of the NPR show OnPoint: Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter for the Boston Globe. His new book is “You Are Here: From The Compass To GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.” (@watha) David Petersen, vice president of mobile advertising at YP, a search and advertising company. (@djpetersen) Udi Dagan, founder of Split, the “anti-social” app.
Jules White, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University served as a guest editor of the February Special Issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on the topic of augmented reality (AR). He explains the value of computer vision technology, ponders the role Google Glass will play and provides some counterexamples to the idea that AR is a solution in search of a problem.
Janine Benyus is the author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature and founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She recently spoke at the Geodesign Summit in Redlands, Califorinia where she discussed how nature and biological phenomenon might contribute to the design and sustainability of the built environment. Editor in chief Joe Francica discussed the concept of biomimicry and what geospatial professionals can learn from nature's problem-solvers.
From On the Media (NPR): A rash of state laws considered or passed in 2013 seek to rein in drone surveillance. They offer a patchwork of restrictions that seem to reflect the particular culture, or business interests, of individual states. Bob talks with Margot Kaminski, executive director of the Information Society Project and a lecturer at Yale Law School, who has surveyed the legal landscape and noticed a trend.
Lauren Hood works with Loveland Technologies, a company which developed a new way of mapping Detroit. They call it "blexting" – sending teams throughout the city to text pictures and descriptions of blight to a database. Hoods says in a few months, that data will be available as an app for anyone to access, or correct. Image: One of the tens of thousands of abandoned houses in Detroit via Wikipedia, public domain.
In her keynote address at the GEOINT Symposium, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Letitia Long continued to refine and define her vision for the preeminent government geospatial technology agency. It's a vision that began in 2010 with identifying the needs of the warfighter when the U.S. was still engaged in two wars and pushing geospatial information to them with a drive for mobile applications. Now,...