Tiny dancing robots!!


A mobile company in Hong Kong has started a new service — SMS alerts about new places where SARS is cropping up. It’ll let users know any buildings — within one mile of their calling area — where SARS has been reported.

I’d never thought about this potential aspect of location-based services, but it queasily makes sense. Once mobile devices are much more location-aware, I can imagine paranoia-chic companies setting up alerts to let you know the relative crime-safety ratios of the neighborhoods you’re entering. It’ll be a like a massive, dynamic version of digital redlining. Yikes.

(Thanks to Boing Boing, via Gizmodo, for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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