You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

Hiawatha Bray


The tale of the increase of contemporary navigation know-how, from radio place to GPS—and the resultant decline of privacy

What does it suggest to by no means wander off? You Are Here examines the increase of our technologically aided period of navigational omniscience—or how we got here to understand precisely the place we're always. In a sweeping background of the improvement of situation know-how some time past century, Bray indicates how radio signs created to hold telegraph messages have been reworked into invisible beacons to steer ships and the way a collection of rapidly-spinning wheels recommended submarines underneath the polar ice cap. yet whereas almost all these applied sciences have been built for and by means of the army, they're now ubiquitous in our daily lives. Our telephones are actually shrewdpermanent adequate to pinpoint our presence to inside of a couple of feet—and nosy sufficient to percentage that info with governments and companies. jam-packed with stories of scientists and astronauts, inventors and marketers, You Are Here tells the tale of ways humankind ingeniously solved one in all its oldest and hardest problems—only to bring in a brand new period during which it’s most unlikely to hide.

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