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    Ehh… should this really have the art tag? It’s a hack that’s more along the lines of an exploit…

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      After the source:

      Simon Weckert is an artist with his home base in Berlin. […]

      so, most likely, yes :^)

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      I find directions incredibly annoying while driving in areas I’m familiar with and there’s no way to stop the directions. Other things I hate:

      • I can’t compare multiple modes of transportation on the same map. E.g. driving vs. walking vs. transit.

      • There’s no way to optimize for minimizing left turns, especially onto busy streets.

      • Multi-destination route optimization is not available. E.g. I need to go to the mall, the grocery store, and the bank, what’s the sequence of destinations and route that minimizes travel time.[1]

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        Multi-destination route optimization is not available. E.g. I need to go to the mall, the grocery store, and the bank, what’s the sequence of destinations and route that minimizes travel time.[1]

        There’s a name for that - vehicle routing problem which in turn is a generalisation of a travelling salesman problem.

        Some info:

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        There’s something that invariably annoys me with this genre of art, in that it’s … actually totally fake but it presents itself as real. If you look at the pictures of the phones in particular, it’s clearly printed (and not screens), or at least some composted image.

        I’ve had this experience so many times in visiting certain galleries, where it’s like “ohhhh isn’t this concept interesting?” but it fails to hold up against surface-level scruitiny. Can’t artists at least try to get some technologist to dig around? It’s like listening to somebody brainstorming while high and saying stuff that just has no rhyme or reason when trying to connect back to reality. Extremely disappointing

        Imagine if you were actually successful in doing this. You would lay all the phones nicely and show them all doing the thing. You would have video of the phones in action, You wouldn’t show yourself at 3 different angles…. walking down 3 different streets!

        end of rant.

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          I did notice the screens looking weird but anyway their “thing” is just to drive through that road, that’s it.

          So, it’s not really anything crazy or a program, just pretending that 99 peoples with their phone are driving through that road (that’s why they are all in “driving” mode).

          What else would it have to show to make you happy?

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            Well my point is that they are saying “We did this and caused the street to report as a traffic jam”.

            What they really did: film some footage of somebody walking down a street, and edited a screenshot of google maps.

            The thing they claimed to do, they didn’t actually do! It’s just a thought experiment.

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              Can you provide some evidence?

              I mean, I understand being skeptic but I’d like to understand why you think it’s both unfeasible and obvious. To me it fits exactly what the Google algorithm would do in such a situation.

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            You would lay all the phones along a road you haven’t rented? Have fun cleaning up little bits of Android….

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              Sorry, I meant you would store them in the wagon upwards, so you could see all the screens in action