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In an earlier post (Tommy on the edge of a cliff), I wrote about the experience of walking the labyrinth at Eagle’s Point in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area. What I didn’t write about was the role technology played in finding the location of the labyrinth, which is a user-created feature of the GGNRA and not officially acknowledged. As I wrote in “Tommy on the edge of a cliff,” a Google search located three labyrinths in San Francisco and I decided to visit the one at Eagle’s Point along the Land’s End trail where the bay meets the ocean. Before I left to drive across town, I plotted and saved the journey on Google maps on my trusty iPhone. Once I arrived at the trailhead, I relied upon the GPS function of the iPhone to find my way to Eagle’s Point. I was surprised to find the trails in the GGNRA clearly marked on Google maps but quickly found that the GPS that works so seamlessly on city streets and freeways was out of its depth. The twists and turns of the trails made simple instructions—”take the next left”— seem meaningless and vague. What on later occasions would be a 20 minute walk turned into a circuitous 40 minute hike.
The conclusion I draw from this experience is not the inadequacy of GPS in non-urban settings but how completely the use of GPS has infiltrated my approach to finding my way. I later found that the trail markers in the Land’s End area of the GGNRA clearly indicate the directions to Eagle’s Point and following them creates a much shorter route to the labyrinth.
As a note: this post was inspired by the Omni Project of Portugal Consulting, “a self-funded study about the impact that digital technology is having on our lives.” Well worth checking out.
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- Tommy on the edge of a cliff (decipheringculture.com)
- Tommy on the edge of a cliff (Redux)(popculturetransgressions.com)
I spent a good portion of Monday at the latest edition of the SF Music Tech Summit. My name tag this time said “SF Weekly” instead of “Deciphering Culture” (I asked for dual identification) so a lot of people buttonholed me to get coverage for a new service. Not surprisingly, most of them fell into the “recommendation and discovery” segment although none of the pitches left me convinced of the efficacy of any of the new spins on the work of the established players. Also, not surprisingly my blog post for SF Weekly’s All Shook Down blog focused on a SRO panel that featured some of the heavy hitters in R & D. The relevant excerpt below.
S.F. MusicTech Summit: How Do Listeners Want to Discover New Music?@ All Shook Down
- by Jeffrey Callen on 5/10/11 @ 7:29 pm
….The standing-room-only “Recommendation & Discovery” panel offered one of the more interesting glimpses into the internal logic of the music industry machine. Chaired by Kevin Arnold of IODA (also creator of S.F.’s annual Noise Pop festival), the panel brought together some of the heavy hitters in the music search business, including MOG, Rovi Corporation, The Filter (a Peter Gabriel brainchild), and Slacker.
An interesting discussion on the nuts-and-bolts of music recommendation and discovery services offered some contradictory food for thought. Music consumers looking for recommendations “prefer a man-to-machine to a man-to-man relationship” (David Hyman of MOG), and if you focus on personalized user specs, you get information that is increasingly “granular” (David Roberts of The Filter). Yet R & D is a “human-centric task,” said Adam Powers of Rovi. Powers also asserted that when Rovi, a giant in the R&D world, was looking at other companies to acquire, it found 250 that thought they had R&D nailed. But from the number of R&D company reps in attendance at the SF Music Tech Summit, it seems that either that news hasn’t gotten out, or nobody’s actually nailed it.
- by Jeffrey Callen on 5/10/11 @ 7:29 pm
- Latest Rovi Moves Establish Consumer Presence (paidcontent.org)
- MOG To Go Freemium as Streaming Music From Apple & Google Looms (fakeiitian.com)
- Google tweaks Android Market to make app discovery easier (reviews.cnet.com)
- Google Retools Android Market for Better App Discovery (phonescoop.com)
- Headliner.fm + SoundCloud = artists reaching new fans (news.cnet.com)
- Music Hunter: Intelligent Music Discovery For iPad (macstories.net)
- Internet Radio’s MOG to Add Free Tier to Service (siriusbuzz.com)
- How We Got 150k Users In 3 Days (discovrmusic.com)