“MobileActive.org posted an interesting interview with ‘Artivist’ Ricardo Dominguez, who is working on a locative media project designed to assist immigrants crossing the border to the U.S. from Mexico. His work-in-progress concept, called the Transborder Immigrant Tool, leverages GPS enabled cell phones to aid in the safe passage of desert border crossers.
“‘We were trying to think of many layers of communication — iconic, sound, vibratory,’ he said. Additionally, the program helps the user not only avoid getting lost, but helps him or her find a more aesthetic route.”
“The team took language into account when designing the application. ‘We needed to design the interface in a way that would be somewhat universal in terms of the community that would be crossing the border,’ he said. Many of the migrants are from indiginous communities, and wouldn’t necessarily speak Spanish.”
Isn’t that thrilling? They DON’T EVEN SPEAK SPANISH, let alone English. “Press 3 for obscure Mayan tribal lingo”…
Something new to look forward to, America: a fabulous new underclass of criminal peasants who are illiterate in BOTH “official” languages! But they wear those cute bowler hats, don’t they? So adORable!
Now you can have your lawn badly mown, your wiring dangerously installed, and your film directors & their kids drunkenly crashed into by a colourful NEW wave of incompetent slaves with below average IQs.
PS: is “Artivist” Ricardo Dominguez a) a legal citizen of the US, b) getting government grants to run his “media project”? You know, government grants from your tax dollars? To develop a lawbreaking tool for criminals?