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Matt Jones On How To Use Location Based Services To Export Our Past Into Our Future

Matt Jones On How To Use Location Based Services To Export Our Past Into Our Future
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Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 8 april 2009

During the Good Ideas Salon in London in January, panelist and Dopplr founder Matt Jones told the audience that we shouldn’t be so concerned with ‘location’ when it comes to mobile technology, but more interested in ‘place’. The conversation has now sparked some detailed thought from Jones and he’s put it down in his blog. In the piece he wonders about the usefulness of location based services:

Location is a matter of routine. We’re in work, college, at home, at our corner shop, at our favourite pub. These patterns are worn into our personal maps of the city, and usually it’s the exceptions to it that we record, or share – a special excursion, or perhaps a unexpected diversion – pleasant or otherwise that we want to broadcast for companionship, or assistance.

Also, most of the time – if I broadcast my location to trusted parties such as my friends, they may have limited opportunity to take advantage of that information – they after all are probably absorbed in their own routines, and by the time we rendevous, it would be too late.

He continues with a lengthy rambling piece about space and time where he concludes that he thinks we can use LBS to export our past into our future. It’s a worthwhile read if you’re into this space.

Exporting the past into the future, or, “The Possibility Jelly lives on the hypersurface of the present”

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