Pinpoint: How GPS is Changing Our World

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'One of the most mesmerising and exhilarating, yet alarming modern technology books I've read. These days most of us have become stealthily addicted to GPS, not just when driving but also when performing many functions with our smartphones and other devices.' Financial Times Weekend

'In Pinpoint, the US journalist Greg Milner explains brilliantly the American military heritage and management of GPS, as well as its essential role underpinning the world's communications and transport infrastructures... [Pinpoint] is a joy to read, not only for the central story about GPS but also for side excursions, for example into the ancient navigation systems that guided Polynesians around the Pacific islands and into the effects on the human brain of overdependence on satnav. It will be a strong contender for my science book of 2016.' -- Clive Cookson, Financial Times

'A deeply researched book with fascinating interludes... [Milner] explains the technological principles lucidly' -- Steven Poole, New Statesman

'Mr Milner is a brisk and funny guide to the bureaucratic and technological infighting in the US military, which created GPS over the course of several decades beginning in the immediate aftermath of the 1957 launch of Sputnik' -- Konstantin Kakaes, Wall Street Journal (Europe)

'An informative yarn for those who [...] would like to know more about the invention.' -- James Anthony, Evening Standard

'[A] riveting story of how the Global Positioning System evolved from a US military project to make bombing more accurate into a global utility underpinning the world's communications and transport infrastructure. Milner also makes fascinating side excursions, for example into the ancient navigation systems that guided Polynesians around Pacific islands and into the way satnav affects the human brain.' -- Financial Times

'In this startling and persuasive book, American journalist Greg Milner shows how [GPS] saturates our existence... [Milner] suggests that GPS is as potent and pervasive a force as the Internet - if much less well understood.' -- James McConachie, Sunday Times

'[A] suitably precise and fascinating account of the modern evolution of [GPS]... Milner expertly deconstructs the implications of this monumental shift in human life.' -- Tim Adams, Observer

'This book is a welcome guide to where [GPS] came from, what it does and where it might be taking us.' -- Damian Whitworth, The Times

'Milner is suitably impressed by the wonders of GPS... [he] delves into the fascinating, if hazy, issue of cognitive abilities... Milner has put in the hours: interviewing the pioneers, poring over psychological studies, and wrestling with thorny issues... [Pinpoint] is a useful starting point for discussion.' -- Jon Wright, Geographical magazine

'The real value from Milner's book comes from what it says about us as humans... This is a technology that was initially designed to enable military commanders to track and kill more efficiently. Without the human desire to kill more precisely, we might not be able to get directions to that café so easily.' -- Chris Tilbury, Prospect magazine

'Absorbingly detailed' --Mail on Sunday

'Engaging... Pinpoint is a great read with lots of insight and anecdotes even if some fly in the face of GPS's precise positioning trigonometry by heading off on a tangent. Enjoy' --Stephen Booth, Geomatics World

Pinpoint unearths with surprising detail the history of GPS as a technology, from its conception during the Cold War, up to its position at the forefront of technology today... This book offers a striking anthropological analysis of how we, as humans, understand the world around us' --E&T Magazine

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Over the last fifty years, humanity has developed an extraordinary global utility which is omnipresent, universal, and available to all: the Global Positioning System (GPS). A network of twenty-four satellites and their monitoring stations on Earth, it makes possible almost all modern technology, from the smartphone in your pocket to the Mars rover. Neither the internet nor the cloud would work without it. And it is changing us in profound ways we've yet to come to terms with. Pinpoint tells the remarkable story of GPS, from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its present status as one of the most important technologies in the world. Yet while GPS has brought us breathtakingly accurate methods of timekeeping, navigation, and earthquake tracking, our overwhelming reliance on it is having unexpected consequences on our culture, and on ourselves. GPS is reshaping our thinking about privacy and surveillance, and brings with it the growing danger of GPS terrorism. And neuroscientists have even found that using GPS for navigation may be affecting our cognitive maps - possibly rearranging the grey matter in our heads - leading to the increasingly common phenomenon 'Death by GPS', in which drivers blindly follow their devices into deserts, lakes, and impassable mountains. Deeply researched, inventive and with fascinating insights into the way we think about our place in the world, Pinpoint reveals the way that the technologies we design to help us can end up shaping our lives. It is at once a grand history of science and a far-reaching book about contemporary culture.

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