Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Predicting Meth Labs Before They Open

A recent article in Fast Company highlighted how cutting edge work by Max Lu, a professor at Kansas State University, and Jessica Burnum could be used to predict locations of new meth labs.  Go here to read the article.

Comment: This article is a worthwhile read both from the standpoint of the geospatial concepts described, and from the standpoint of gaining understanding about how little most of the world knows about geospatial technology.  In reference to that last point, the article has at least two obvious errors.  First, the writer associates "Google Maps" with the analytical processes described, when Google Maps has nothing to do with the technology beyond display.  Second, the article tends to describe some elements of geospatial technology that have been around for years, as just invented. 

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