The app is still under development, but word of it has leaked out, as has the working title of the app: Avoid The Ghetto.
According to the patent filing, the app is to help a pedestrian avoid "traveling through an unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures." It uses weather data, crime stats, and such to make the determination.
Well, the NAACP is all up in arms over that. Or is going to be:
“I’m going to be up in arms about it if it happens,” said Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace.The thing she's missing is that it won't say that MLK Boulevard is a high crime area unless, well, stats show it's a high crime area.
Wallace spent her afternoon at a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and said she felt safe there, but fears the app may project otherwise.
“Can you imagine me not being able to go to MLK Blvd. because my GPS says that’s a dangerous crime area? I can’t even imagine that,” she said.
You think maybe the problem isn't that people are pointing out that crime occurs, but that crime occurs? Nah, that'd make too much sense to actually address the real problem, when fake outrage over fake problems is much more fun.
But, you know, maybe Microsoft is on to something. I wonder what other apps they could develop.
- Avoid The Idiots. Using voter registration roles, it could find where Democrats live, and then you could avoid having to deal with idiots.
- Avoid The Tide. Using college records, it could find where Alabama fans live and help you not get someone's wang thrust in your face.
- Avoid The Crazy Women. Using information from Facebook, dating sites, and news stories, it will help you avoid hooking up with the future Ex-Mrs. Ex-Speaker Of The House.
Maybe I need to rethink my position on Microsoft being all evil and such.