There are times for using technology and then there are times when you should use just plain common sense. And there may be a substitute for technology… but there is really no substitute for common sense!
Here is a guy – a computer consultant – who got a rental car in NY along with the GPS. Great, right! Hmmm.. he switched on his GPS and followed as it told him to. At one point the GPS said “Turn Right” .. he did. Except that on right were the train tracks… and he got right onto them and got stuck! Right in front of him was a train rushing in to him. Thankfully, he NOW used his common-sense and rushed out. He waved but could not stop the train driver from ramming into his car at 60 mph.
Now, I know GPS is a great device, but it doesn’t always work well. I remember using it in a car while we used to drive from Concord, CA to San Francisco in a Hertz car (they call it “Never Lost”). And somewhere on the way the highway forks. For San Francisco, you need to take right… but the “Never Lost” would always instruct us to keep going straight! I used to call Hertz system ‘Forever Lost”!