A Bit of Irony…

There’s something terribly wrong about this…

RUSH hour in Nairobi can be a nightmare. “Most motorists don’t follow traffic rules and small inconveniences like a minor traffic accident or even a sudden downpour can cause delays of up to an hour,” says John Kimani, a small business owner in the Kenyan capital. A text message service launched this month should help. Twende Twende (Swahili for “Let’s go, let’s go”) provides motorists with updates on traffic conditions and advises on alternative routes. The system was developed by Nairobi-based IBM Research Africa, the firm’s first research laboratory in Africa.

Sounds reasonable so far, right? But then you continue and…

This algorithm is the basis of Twende Twende. To use it, motorists send a free text message that says where they are and where they want to go. In return, they receive a message with traffic conditions or a route recommendation.

Anyone see the problem here? Talk about a really bad UI…

Russ White

Russ White

Russ White is a Network Architect who's scribbled a basket of books, penned a plethora of patents, written a raft of RFCs, taught a trencher of classes, and done a lot of other stuff you either already know about, or don't really care about. You want numbers and letters? Okay: CCIE 2635, CCDE 2007:001, CCAr, BSIT, MSIT (Network Design & Architecture, Capella University), MACM (Biblical Literature, Shepherds Theological Seminary). Russ is a Principal Engineer in the IPOS Team at Ericsson, where he works on lots of different stuff, serves on the Routing Area Directorate at the IETF, and is a cochair of the Internet Society Advisory Council. Russ will be speaking on Network Complexity at RIPE in May, and has recently published a new book, The Art of Network Architecture.
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  • http://www.packetu.com/ Paul Stewart

    Can’t believe anyone is actually encouraging texting and driving.