Global Positioning redefines the value of "where I am."
So, where are you? How do you know? How is that important?
By Bruce Camber (First posted in March 2009 and updated as recently as February 2012)
The Magic of Numbers: There is a certain magic within numbers. From childhood, part of our basic education is to learn to use the tools that use numbers -- thermometers to measure our temperature - our health, rulers and measuring tapes to learn our height, and scales to measure our weight. Then we learn more sophisticated tools that measure the other vitals of our bodies, automobiles, and homes. And then, we are forever learning how numbers apply to the value of goods and services.
One of the most remarkable tools to be added to our vast array (yet this one started for use in airplanes), is the GPS, also known as a Global Positioning System.
GPS. Formally known as the Global Navigation Satellite System, the earliest version of the system was developed in the 1960s by the US Department of Defense (DOD) yet a functional system was not opened to the general public until 1993.
Thank you, Ronald Reagan. In 1983 he issued a directive that DOD's system be made available for civilian use. That order was a direct result of a security report that was given to him on September 1 describing how and why the Korean Air Lines passenger jet, KAL Flight 007, had been shot down. If they had a GPS system on board, they would not have strayed off course, mistakenly flying into very secure Soviet airspace.
GPS is a science and a technology. It creates a new value system.
Though based on human conventions, it is an absolute system. With every passing day and greater use, the probabilities increase that the GPS coordinates will continue to remain the same -- yesterday, today and tomorrow. GPS technology transcends time and defines space uniquely. It is the intersection of the quantitative with the qualitative. We naturally impute meaning and value to numbers, i.e. the simpler the GPS number, the more valuable it is.
So what else can the GPS do and why is it important?
60/60: What would it be like to be standing on the one spot on land that everybody in the world says, "This is absolutely on the 60-degrees longitude and 60-degrees latitude intersection." There are four possible locations on the planet earth, yet only one is on land.
50/50: 50 Years Old. A big birthday! So, what are you going to do? Where are you going to celebrate? How about going to the 50/50 intersection of the world and soak up what it means to be 50? How much more meaning can be imparted into those quadrants? The answer, "Plenty."
There are about 90 very simple GPS addresses:
In 2013, these locations are perhaps the most valuable-inexpensive real estate in the world. This will not last for long.
Though cheap today, it is priceless real estate. Many of the best GPS quadrants are literally nowhere. Nobody has been thinking about them. But you will. It is a magical idea. Yet, today, there aren't even roads to the best quadrants. To get the ball rolling, a proposal is being prepared for the World Bank to develop a GPS Scenic Roadway and the GPS Highway from 60/60 in the Urals south through 59.59, 58.58 and so on down to 50.50 in Kazakhstan and down to the 43.43 in Georgia, and then into Turkey.
Why not have a scenic parkway to connect these sites and then a major highway anywhere from 10 to 30 miles from the parkway yet paralleling it?
Someday it will happen... new cities and towns will be known for their GPS quadrants. These new cities and towns will spring up just because meaning for that quadrant can be readily imputed. Besides becoming the place to be on one's birthday -- you can imagine the endless sounds of "Happy Birthday" being sung in many languages -- these just might become the places to learn as much as possible about the meaning and value of a particular number.
Numbers take on special meaning.
Instantiated numbers, a brief history. The GPS system uses the existing longitude and latitude lines of the earth. And, those lines were established as recently as 1884 when delegates from 25 nations, all using their own map, convened the International Meridian Conference and formally adopted a system that used the Greenwich, England meridian as the Universal Prime Meridian. It established or instantiated the 0-points for longitude, and, of course, the equator established 0-points for latitude. The rest is just an extension based on elliptic geometries. These lines are just a convention. Yet, recognized now for well over 100 years, these lines have become the standard that is used by every scientific person in the world.
In this instance, to instantiate was the act of imparting quantitative meaning to physical space.
Hypostatizations. To hypostatize is to impart a universal perfection to an imperfect quantum and physical world. After all, numbers are just numbers.
So, if 60/60 becomes the #1 place in the world to learn and experience the meaning of the number 60, it will only be because people have hypostatized that meaning into that physical space. I predict that 60/60 will eventually become a city where everything within it explains and personifies 60.
On turning 60 years old. Probably of any age group, the 60-year old people have the most discretionary cash and could take a trip along the 60th latitudinal parallel and make a special stop at the 60/60. American Airlines and the One World Alliance will be delighted to set it in motion. Beside Anchorage, Alaska, there are many other remote places but most substantially there is Saint Petersburg and Norway (in the summertime).
Numbers are more than numbers when the qualitative and quantitative share meaning.
OK, now, where did you hear it first?
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We would like to think that this page, like so many pages within this site, is thought provoking. We hope it stimulates actions. We would hope entire villages would come together and create new towns and cities that are known just by their simple coordinates. There is elegance to a town known as 6060, or 5050, 4040, 3030, 2020, and 1010 and everything in between.
The purpose of pushing such an idea out into the world is to help others unleash their own deep-seated creativity and actively work on ways to nurture it and enrich it. Certainly our world needs all the richness that we can instantiate and then hypostatize within it.
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P.S. This page was made public on March 21, 2009. To date, there are no known cities or proposed cities defined by their GPS coordinates. We had hoped to see the first such destinations begin to take shape in 2009. Nothing happened. Then nothing happened in 2010, so in 2011 we started an initiative to become a global movement to designate such places as World Heritage sites to involve the best architects and the best city planners of the world! Why not? Why not create a parkways to link sites and a highway to parallel it within 20 years?
This concept has been on the author's mind for many years.
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