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 situation to GPS—and the ensuing 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 grasp precisely the place we're invariably. In a sweeping heritage of the advance of position expertise some time past century, Bray exhibits how radio indications 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 every one of these applied sciences have been constructed for and by means of the army, they're now ubiquitous in our daily lives. Our telephones at the moment are clever adequate to pinpoint our presence to inside a couple of feet—and nosy sufficient to proportion that info with governments and companies. packed with stories of scientists and astronauts, inventors and marketers, You Are Here tells the tale of the way humankind ingeniously solved one among 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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