Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Geobrowsing is Green. As an Apple.

Finally! Since I started this blog and started writing about the possibilities of a GPS-enabled iPhone, I have been patiently waiting for something big to happen. With "big" I mean an approach that is standardized or has enough support from a big player that it enables an explosive growth in the sharing and browsing of geolocated information. With the iPhone compass a very firm rumor and the exciting augmented reality applications this promises to deliver apparently becoming a reality with the new iPhone, I feel remarkably invigorated. With a new spring in my step I entered out into the forest nearby my home for a walk, and I was again inspired and excited by the possible applications of this kind of technology. Not only in the sense that we will get an even cooler gadget to play around with. As the earth is covered with layers of user-generated information, I think we will get a new chance to blow life into a stagnating interest among our children for the natural world and the great outdoors as well as history and other seemingly less exciting subjects in our fast-paced world.

This is sorely needed. If new generations care less and less about these things, there will no-one left to protest when large corporations continue to ravage what is left of the world. No-one who cares when parts of the ecosystem collapses. No-one to mourn the loss of our living seas when the sum of the concentrating bio-accumulative toxins finally overwhelm life in the oceans, turning them into the perfect dumping ground for all waste.

Fish? We already can't eat most of the species of fat fish without ingesting PCB, mercury and dioxins at dangerous levels.

Thank you Monsanto.

There is no good way of getting rid of these toxins and we continue to increase the output of some of them such as mercury. The increased use of coal-fueled power plants ensure far more children will suffer developmental damages from the ever increasing mercury levels. The light-bulb glows with an eery light.

Is it all worth it? Is there anyone that really cares? As long as we have entertainment in the form of mind-numbing TV-shows, there will be very little protest as the last of the giant mammals in the seas succumb. Our homes will be aglow with the flickering lights from TV-screens and computer screens.

But when we can have a tool for information sharing and social interaction like the iPhone or other devices that brings computing out into the real world, when there is a possibility for citizen-journalism providing local and global geolocated news, free from influence from corporate giants and political interests, we will have the power to turn the tide.

If we want to.

Reporting from war zones will not be filtered through large news organizations with vested interests. You will hear about and be able to react to the slaughter of women and children in wars run by your own government. Truth and integrity will have a chance to make a difference. And I really think this is what we want.

I have joined a new website were some of my posts will appear in the future, it is centered around this notion, to be an alternative to corporately run media. I hope you will join me there.

I also hope the lights from our cities will continue to be reflected in the surface of a living sea, and that this sea that connects all continents, can continue to be a source of nourishing food and that its globe-encompassing electronic cousin, the internet, can help us along the way by nourishing our minds and sharing our most noble ideals.

I think there are a few parallel revolutions that can help us along: the green revolution, solar power, a revolution in health, and last but not least, a revolution in truth and integrity.


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