Day 2 of mapping my spatial practice. My ride up to work this morning:
This is captured with my smartphone and RunKeeper (one of many services which provide a platform for capturing and sharing activities. Using GPS technology and Google Maps, I can record time, duration, pace, speed, climb and calories burned (although the last piece is surely a guesstimate). It’s amazing, and more than a bit frightening.
Mark Monmonier writes about electronic mapping, “Electronic maps are arguably the quintessential innovation of 20th-century cartography. Although a few academic cartographers accord the map mystical powers, it is merely a tool, useful for good, evil or both, which citizens can resist or constrain – up to a point. The question is not whether e-maps will restrict where we go and what we do, but to what extent”.
Monmonier urges we consider, “A tracking device can instantly report its location to a GIS that determines whether the person, car or ship under surveillance has entered a prohibited area. Depending on circumstances and severity, a future system might be able to debit an offender’s bank account, transmit a vocal warning or electronic pinch, notify the police or military, disable an engine, or even release a soporific drug into the violator’s bloodstream” (from “I Know Where You Are Right Now”, New Scientist. 3 July 2010).
Maybe I should be more careful about sharing my whereabouts?