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    AVOID THE GHETTO APP is not the official term but that is what the GPS will do
    Want to steer clear of the ghetto? There’s an app for that.
    Microsoft has patented a so-called “avoid ghetto” app for GPS devices, aimed to keep drivers away from unsafe neighborhoods. Needless to say, the new technology has many smartphone users up in arms.
    The feature, which will reportedly be a part of future Windows phones, tracks crime statistics and local weather to help drivers plan their route. According to Microsoft's claims, the Windows 7 smartphone would gather "information related to pedestrian travel, include maps (e.g., extracted from a database), user history, weather information, crime statistics [and] demographic information."

    Although a technology that may keep drivers out of “dangerous” areas may seem like a godsend, others think the app may be skewed to discriminate against particular demographics.
    "It's pretty appalling," Sarah E. Chinn, author of Technology and the Logic of American Racism, told AOL. "Of course, an application like this defines crime pretty narrowly, since all crimes happen in all kinds of neighborhoods. I can't imagine that there aren't perpetrators of domestic violence, petty and insignificant drug possession, fraud, theft, and rape in every area."
    She also points out that because white-collar crime wouldn’t necessarily register on the app, crime statistics would be products of race and class identity. And, because the majority of violent crime occurs between people who know each other, the “avoid ghetto” app wouldn’t necessarily increase a driver’s safety.
    "A more useful app would be for young Black men to be able to map blocks with the highest risks of their being pulled over or stopped on the street by police," Chinn said.

    An exact release date for the app has not been revealed, and Microsoft has declined to comment on the criticism.
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    Pedestrians have sometimes felt neglected when it comes to GPS directions.
    Indeed, not so long ago, one lady sued Google because the directions its map offered led her (she believed) to be struck by a car.
    Now Microsoft has been granted a patent that is designed to make its maps more pedestrian-friendly.
    Somehow, this patent has immediately been dubbed the "avoid ghetto" feature.
    The gist of it seems to be that Microsoft's GPS--which will reportedly be inserted into Windows Phones in the future--will use input from more varied and up-to-date sources in order to create suggested routes.
    Among these sources are crime statistics. Which has led some to the thought that this will somehow be an insult to poor neighborhoods.
    What is unclear, at least from my reading of the patent--which isn't written by anything resembling a human hand or mind--is what kind of crime statistics the GPS might choose to use.
    It's one thing to avoid areas where there might have occurred physical assaults and gunfire. It's another to avoid, say, places where burglaries are popular, as one suspects quite a few allegedly nice areas are subject to burglars' desires.
    With some areas, past performance isn't a guarantee of future results. What if someone using a route from this system does get mugged, shot, assaulted, or robbed? Would they feel entitled to sue Microsoft because the route was supposed to be "ghetto-free"?
    The patent talks about the quality of the information. But quality is a subjective notion, so one wonders just whose assessment of quality will be deemed significant.
    The patent also holds within it some other little gems. It seeks to help the pedestrian avoid "harsh temperatures." Some people like harsh temperatures, but this system will also store people's pedestrian information to offer, one assumes, a more personalized heat-level for the route.
    How personalized should it be, though? My eyes perform slightly odd twitches when I read this sentence from the patent: "Various features can integrate with route presentment, such as integrating an advertisement targeted to a pedestrian with a direction set."
    Is this suggesting that Windows Phones will give pedestrians a route that will take them past specific ads? What a curious and slightly mind-altering thought.
    One wonders whether those who use the system might also be offered an "avoid ads" option.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57...to-gps-patent/




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    IMAGINE IF SOMEONE BUYS THIS APP BUT THEY LIVE OR HAVE TO VISIT THE GHETTO! Do you know how many U turns that thing will tell the driver to make?

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    *naked in tears*

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    lol.

    damn... if only a young black entrepreneur thought of this instead of Microsoft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opportunist View Post
    lol.

    damn... if only a young black entrepreneur thought of this instead of Microsoft.
    I wonder how would the media react to that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opportunist View Post
    lol.

    damn... if only a young black entrepreneur thought of this instead of Microsoft.
    one prolly did....and got the erky jerk

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