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A device that would take measurements of
a person's stress response to the inherent
stimuli of traveling around or living in a
certain city or town. The "lie detector"
device would measure things like galvanic
skin resistance, heartrate, and blood
pressure. The data would be correlated
coordinates from a GPS. This would
enable a cartographic representation of
changes in people's emotional states as
they meander through the city. An area
with a lot of litter and homeless people
would provoke a very different response
than an area that was clean and nicely
There are many variables to consider:
Time of day, the psychological make-up of
the person wearing the device, weather,
mode of travel, etc.
The data would become more accurate as
more trips were made with the device.
Achieving uniformity in the psychological
state of the wearer might be accomplished
with drugs, hypnosis, or meditation.
The benefits of data collected would be
numerous. City planners could decide
which areas would benefit from an
infusion of development, Tourists could
see what areas were in keeping with their
tastes, and prospective home buyers could
identify areas that had a positive "vibe".
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||Reminds me of a recent idea that came up in conversation: A weather map that shows an area's inhabitants' average facial expressions as they step outside.
||//drugs, hypnosis, or meditation// have never helped me achieve //uniformity// of anything. YMMV
||This is more emotional mapping than landscaping. The variables you mention can be eliminated statistically with a large enough sample set.
||Google Maps has a my maps feature. Where you and others can create and edit a map.
||The edits could be : ) or : ( and the time. or eeek 9 pm.!
||I guess you create the map and invite others to join.
||So if you have an emotional robot, you could invite him her to join as well.