I read “Demolition Company Says a Google Maps Error Led Them to Tear Down the Wrong House.” Pesky humans. Google’s autonomous automobiles do not have accidents. When those accidents occur, a human is at fault. Bus drivers, grrrr.
The write up suggests that a Google Map caused a human to instruct demolition workers to level a house at 7601 Cousteau Drive. The human allegedly pointed a finger at Google Maps, a geospatial system which has some big fans in various governmental outfits.,
Phi Beta Iota: Information Technology (IT) has grown rather impressively in the past fifty years, but it continues to lack integrity because no one is holding it — or any government oversight body — accountable for integrity. There is much about Google that is to be praised but if Google ever wishes to be the gold standard for anything it is going to have to a) move beyond 4% indexing; be accountable for accuracy and honest search results not to be found today; and c) create open source tools for information-sharing and sense-making across all boundaries. Until then, Google is merely the best of the Ponzi schemes. Human intelligence, not machine intelligence — and certainly not Google — is the acme of understanding.