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The next geographical mapping startup, SpatialKey [spatialkey.com] is marketed as a "next generation Information Visualization, Analysis and Reporting System". It is specifically designed to help organizations quickly assess location-based information to allow for decision making processes and reporting requirements. There are several online demos available, ranging from "Wal-Mart store openings (1962 - 2005)" to "San Antonio prostitution arrests (January, 2006 - July, 2007)"

In practice, users can view and overlay all sorts of "geo-temporal data" (data with recorded location and time information) and generate time slices of the data, much like a moving weather map. The current visualization templates include three different map rendering techniques: heat map, heat grid and graduated circles.

SpatialKey somehow reminds me of Stamen's Trulia Hindsight. Via CNET News.





This is quite unbelievable although totally logical, where we see mapping services merge with the real world in real time. I don't deal with law enforcement but does anyone know how much these sorts of tools are used already? Imagine if you are on parole wearing a tracking bracelet and know that you are being monitored constantly. Or how do you think the officers feel if they are monitored constantly?

I only hope that these types of tools get used for more constructive, creative purposes as well like spontaneous picnics, meet-ups for community sports leagues, and building other community activities like street fairs and markets.

The only way we will beat the "universal mind" is to stay ahead of the game and set legal precedents for ourselves. Otherwise we all risk being monitored citizens falling under a watchful eye of who decides what is criminal and what is not.

"Control Unit B44, we have visual confirmation of low economic activity in sector 5. It seems these consumers are not watching enough television or using their credit cards for non-durable goods. Go in a stimulate their spending interest whether they like it or not."

Sun 07 Dec 2008 at 4:51 AM
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