Science & Technology

Is Google reliable?

Ever since the advent of the internet, we have depended on everything available from emails to news to games and movies. However, technology has its drawbacks as it can’t give you everything.

Since Google started in 1998, many improvements have been made and it has incorporated so many other services. It is also the most visited site. Apart from services such email, search engine and cloud computing, it has also become one of popular ways of logging in on other websites, along with Facebook.

However, a recent incident involving Google Maps makes one to question their authenticity. About 100 Colorado drivers took a detour due to a crash on Pena Boulevard, a road to Denver International Airport. Unfortunately, Google Maps guided them to a muddy road which resulted in them being stranded in a field.

Despite the Google Maps’ use of satellite, there’s no guarantee of accurate map especially of streets. Brian McClendon, Google Earth representative had admitted as much, stating that “The biggest challenge is the currency of data, the authenticity of data.”

In response to the incidence, Google said the road was not marked private. Furthermore it stated “We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route. While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather. We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgement while driving.”

So what can we do to avoid such situation? We should look out for street signs and be more conscious about the environment rather than just to be looking at the phone and follow the directions given. Too much of dependence on technology has made us unaware of environment we find ourselves in. Technology isn’t bad but we should remind ourselves that it isn’t fool proof either.

Garima Nabh is the founder of New Age Magazine.

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