Turn On GPS, Turn Off Brain

One of the common reasons given for people to exclude technology from education is a fear that people will come to rely on it too much, and either be lost when it fails, or unable to recognize when it's giving bad results. Most of the time, this seems rather silly: if a calculator breaks, for instance, it's not too hard to find another one. But, it looks like some of those fears about humans either unwilling or unable to question the primacy of technology aren't unwarranted, after a navigation unit sent a British ambulance off course, and the driver didn't notice until they were 200 miles off course (via Engadget). It's not as if they were driving on some unmarked road, but rather they traveled roughly half the length of England, driving from London to outside Manchester before thinking that something was amiss on what should have been a 12-mile journey. The ambulance service says that the faulty navigation unit is being fixed. But what's being done to fix the employees? It's one thing for a GPS unit to deliver screwy directions; it's another to be so ignorant or deferential to it so that it takes you 200 miles, and a tour of half a country, to figure it out when you're supposed to be on a 12-mile trip.

1. PhysicsGuy, 5 Dec 2006 @ 10:16pm

Re: various responses :)

Everyone knows there are 30.5 cm in a foot. So, by the same ratio, there are obviously 30 km in a mile. Therefore he needed to travel (12 x 30 =) 360 km. He just hadn't gotten far enough...

what? i seriously hope you're joking...

No, fortunately, Britain does not use those poncy evil km things.

that's unfortunate... the metric system is far more logical than the english units of measurements... why oh why do we measure mass in slugs? kgs are far more logical. not to mention the division into groups of thousands (and those initial tens, tenths, hundreds and hundreths but i'm all for getting rid those)

fire is a discovery not an invention.

you're just not giving humans the credit they deserve ;P

"In order for a person to effectively utilize a piece of equipment, it is essential that the IQ of the former exceed the IQ of the latter." --Anon.

that's just retarded... IQ = (mental age*100)/(chronological age) ... being stupid to try to be funny, as anon was, is rather unfunny...

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