Queen Elizabeth made news recently with her first tweet, but did you know she also made the first phone call from Britain to Canada? That’s a lot of change in one lifetime. Skype has made international calling old-hat, but the rate of change is staggering. One study says the average person is now taking in the information equivalent of 175 newspapers each day! No wonder we can feel stressed. If you needed an excuse to take some Vitamin N(ature), perhaps this is it.
As I wrote in one of my recent travel stories, people are keen to see bears. Now there's an app for that. Where's the Bear app tells you where bears have been spotted in Yellowstone.
It makes it easier for wildlife watchers to see bears but it can also lead to bear jams and cause habituation of bears to people. This can ultimately lead to bear deaths. I also wonder if such an app could help poachers find wildlife. Currently it is used in a protected area but Parks are facing budget challengs which means there isn't a ranger behind every tree. And what is to stop technology being used in this way outside of protected areas?
Sometimes technology has effects we hadn't counted on. What's your feelings on Where's the Bear app? You can post here or join a discussion on Flickr