Man Fakes Traffic Jams With 99 Smartphones (12 pics + 1 video)

Posted in PICTURES       5 Feb 2020       2260       5

Artist Simon Weckert walked around Berlin with 99 phones in a wagon

The way Google Maps estimates traffic is by assessing the density of phones that enable the app to access their location, confirmed a Google spokesperson. Therefore, to the app’s technology, the only explanation for Weckert’s 99 phones in a condensed space was a dense traffic jam. The spokesperson also said, somewhat creepily, that Weckert’s experiment helps Google figure out where its geolocation needs to improve. It can distinguish between the motions of a car and a motorcycle, apparently, but recognizing movement in a wagon is still beyond it.

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If you’re wondering why a bus full of people with smartphones doesn’t automatically show up as a traffic jam, a bus is very easy to recognize via geolocation, as such a cluster of users follows a predictable path and stops in predictable places. Maybe Weckert’s next experiment should be trying to fool Google Maps into thinking he’s a bus.

 

A video of the experiment shows how quiet the streets actually were during the “traffic jam”

The question on everyone’s minds is why? Weckert wanted to show how we rely on data to predict reality for us so we can plan our actions around it, trusting it as an objective display of reality, even though the technology used to interpret data can err or be misled, potentially forming an inaccurate model. Commenters are already coming up with ideas for gaming the system based on his experiment, while others think it worked a little too well and could have dangerous consequences.



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Order 6 month s ago
in other words, he's an a$$hole. don't give me that "i wanted to show us something about ourselves" cr#p. he's after recognition, nothing more.
       
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Stuck 6 month s ago
That’s too funny. I honestly wasn’t sure how it determined if there was a traffic jam so I learned something too.
       
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Bride 6 month s ago
He set out to show the inaccuracies of technology and ends up helping technology to be more accurate. I guess he didn’t think about that, seeing as how he underestimated the value of technology :)
       
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Smarter 6 month s ago
you get this from coaches / buses too. Was in Vienna and google says big traffic jams - turns out rows of coaches on the side of the road.
       
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Complete 6 month s ago
I'm just wondering why he has 99 phones and how? Did he buy them all by himself? That's a sh#tload of money. I couldn't do that just for fun.
       
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