Signals Even GPS Cannot Detect

Posted by Awakin on Jan 13, 2019
 
This week's Awakin reading is by Aylie Baker titled 'Signals Even GPS Cannot Detect': Returning to the US was always hard for me, in part because I began to notice how GPS technology was eroding what was left of our wayfinding capabilities. In the spring of 2013, I flew from Palau back to New York City, and I remember walking out of the subway on a starry night and struggling to break free of the shuffling crowd, because everyone was looking down at the maps on their phones. I started to read more about celestial navigation and the maritime history of the Atlantic, wanting to understand how we had come to abandon the stars and choose such a different way of moving through the world. My partner Miano often says that before modern technology, we were all moved by nature. And he’s right. I think we forget that. [...] Technologies themselves did not lead us astray, but our impulse to develop, adopt, and rely on ... [Read more]

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