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What exactly is GPS?

GPS stands for The Global Positioning System and is a tool used for navigation and scientific research. It was originally developed to help the various departments of the military to precisely locate their geographical location by the American Department of Defense in 1973. Currently GPS has become a household name in the lives of everyday people. It is used in cars, airplanes, boats and even the everyday hiking trips to give voice automated turn by turn driving directions, as well as displaying visual maps. It is also further used in the scientific world, particularly in conjunction with the environment. More specifically, meteorologists use the GPS system to predict weather forecasts and helps in studies of the climate.


Statement of position:

GPS has evolved our sense of direction and given a new approach to the concepts of maps. It provides helpful information for simple everyday use in travels as well as complex weather forecasts. It allows for wireless tracking which may be useful in situations of danger and is easily portable. GPS is available in most electronic retailors and is relatively easy to afford for the average household. However even the GPS comes with its flaws. The GPS does not work when under tunnels or in remote areas where a wireless connection can be established with the GSP satellites. It also may prove to be harmful when placed in the worng hands. It can remotely track someone without them knowing which is a major breach of privacy. Is giving up some privacy rights worth the convinience of not having to look for directions manually?