NightSide – Hiawatha Bray, Author Of “You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves”
BOSTON (CBS) – Part of the reason we were all so fascinated by the recent disappearance of the Malaysian flight is that in today’s world, we are surrounded by devices that can pinpoint our exact location almost anywhere on Earth. Between satellites circling overhead and smart phones or GPS devices in our pockets, we are able to pull up a map quickly and accurately in any situation. This current generation will grow up with no idea of what it means to be uncertain of where they are or where they are going. How did we get here as a society? Is there a downside to having so much access to information on where we are at all times? Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter for the Boston Globe, sits down with Dan to talk about the history of finding ourselves, and how the concept of geolocation has changed the world throughout human history.
Originally broadcast May 12th, 2014.