The latest tech toy advance toward total digital hegemony in the mulitverse is a bike that takes pictures & links them to GPS maps worldwide. I heard about this bike via flickr's own irrepressible photog-around-town dogseat (aka Eric Harvey Brown). As part of an incomprehensible (to me) Yahoo campaign known as Start Wearing Purple , dogseat is piloting a specially designed, purple camera-bike around his regular haunts in Jersey City, Brooklyn & Manhattan. In motion, the bike takes a picture & records GPS data every 60 seconds. Simultaneously, similar purple bikes are cruising the streets & roads of selected locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Asia & Europe.
To see pictures by dogseat's bike, click here. Don't forget to also click on the "Map" link. It's an interesting exercise, although personally I got bored pretty quickly.
An example. Every day as I walk the streets, fully half my fellows at any one time, on any sidewalk anywhere in the city, are listening or talking intently into miniaturized, wireless, globally-connected phones that were barely dreamt of 10 years ago. Totally absorbed, they pay no real attention to where they are or who is with them. Their imagination is focused on a conversation with a person whose physical reality may be thousands of miles away. Is this automatically better than talking to a companion, thinking their own thoughts, looking, listening, smelling, feeling the place they are?