This is quite a juxtaposition to my last post, an idealistic view of the seemingly limitless potential applications for advancing geospatial technologies. Speaking realistically, there are challenges when technology develops at a rapid pace. Geospatial technology is developing so quickly that updating maps, correcting improperly referenced line files, and ground-truthing is a continuous process. Overly confident drivers (like The Office's Michael Scott), can meet tragic ends when they jettison active & defensive driving techniques in blind obedience to navigation systems (like this driver in Spain).
Penn State Public Broadcasting is in the process of producing a four-part series examining how geospatial technology and digital mapping is changing the way that we think about and interact with the world. The first episode has just been released. A couple of folks in the Geography Department at Penn State are interviewed, including David DiBiase, who developed the course "The Nature of Geographic Information" that I just finished up a couple of weeks ago.