ed phillips on 8 Mar 2001 22:54:47 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> imho, another bad idea.

It makes no difference wether I want it or
you think it is "imho a bad idea". If it is attractive
to enough other people, it will invade your urban experience.

Please give the culture critic an aspirin.


Bill Spornitz wrote:

> People who plan for the electric future must have no real lives in
> the present. Either that, or they never quite got over those
> fantastic images of communication devices they were exposed to in
> their formative years. But somehow, they can't quite remember the
> good things these devices did and can only come up with bad, stupid
> and useless things. If my cellphone rang, beeped, whistled or farted
> a message that there were tables available in some restaurant I
> passed, I would throw it at the nearest hard surface. No - I'd
> probably throw it at the restaurant.
> Please, somebody give these print journalists another drink and put
> them to bed...  ;->
> b
> ps - is there anybody out there for whom these *services* would be useful?
> >
> >from edupage
> >http://www.educause.edu/pub/edupage/edupage.html
> >
> >
> >Location-based services could be the next big thing in the
> >wireless communications industry. International Data values the
> >segment at nearly $600 million today and projects that it will
> >soar to $5 billion over the course of the next three years.
> >Companies see enormous commercial potential in installing
> >wireless location systems in vehicles, handheld computers, cell
> >phones, and even watchbands. Restaurants hope to use the
> >technology to alert cell phone users when they approach that there
> >are available tables; stores plan to alert cell phone users of
> >sales; and hotels want to inform people that they have vacancies.
> >A company in Florida wants to use the technology to help parents
> >keep track of their children. Some researchers are ready to
> >imbed the technology, in the form of a chip, beneath the skin.
> >The federal government has played a major role in the development
> >of wireless tracking technology. The federal government wants to
> >use the technology to make it easier for local authorities to
> >determine the precise location of emergency 911 calls.
> >(New York Times, 4 March 2001)
> >
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