I was watching the television a few days ago and there was a story about a man that had taken a year off work and was driving his whole family across Africa in a Toyota Land Cruiser. The vehicle had everything for what promised to be a rough and demanding journey. One morning they set out very early to visit some sand dunes in Namibia and he rolled the vehicle over on a stretch of totally deserted road. There were no other vehicles around.
How did the crash happen? It was because he was watching the screen of his GPS rather than looking out at the road ahead. The GPS said it was a straight road and everything looked safe – only it wasn’t. The was a sharp bend he didn’t see coming.Back in May of this year a 45-year-old German man did something similar. His blind faith in his GPS sent him onto the wrong end of an Autobahn off-ramp. An 11-year-old boy was slightly injured in the resulting collision.
Smart as these devices undoubtedly are I slightly worry about where we will all end up if we totally trust technology in this manner. Is not a degree of caution sensible? Should we not use such intelligent devices in combination with human intelligence and not as a replacement?
BTW, book update. It’s printed. It’s on it’s way to bookshops in the UK, US/Canada, and Australia/New Zealand and is currently being translated in South Korea and Japan. Launch is mid-October.