This Cassette Tape-Based Navigation System From 1971 Is Kind Of Brilliant

Following on my earlier post about Apple Maps, here’s some perspective on how far we’ve come.

This clip from a 1971 episode of the BBC television show Tomorrow’s World has so many appealing details to me, most notably the featuring of a lovely UK-spec 1962 Volkswagen Beetle, but the true star of it is the remarkably forward-thinking navigation system the Beetle is fitted with.

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Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’ve actually been using Apple Maps without issue for quite a while, but this would certainly be a welcome improvement.

’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps is still not where it needs to be to be considered a world class service.

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Crow vending machine skills ‘redefine intelligence’

I think these crows are smarter than some humans.

A small South Pacific island is home to a crow with remarkable abilities that have scientists hooked. New Caledonian crows make and use tools – including a kind of fishing hook. They can solve complex problems and have even been recorded capturing grubs by repeatedly poking them with a stick until they are so agitated, they bite.

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