It has recently been horrifically called to my attention that finding certain information…and seemingly basic information at that…can be quite a complicated endeavor.
For a class project, we were required to find gas prices for every gas station in town. The class split up into pairs and each pair took a different zip code and began to research the particulars for every station in their region of town.
It sure didn’t take very long for us to realize that, for the most part, some information on the internet can suck in the accuracy department. There were a bewildering number of complications for such a simple task.
There were 3 different gas stations listed to occupy the exact same address on Google maps, there were gas stations that don’t even exist listed, there were gas stations that do exist not listed, and several stations were listed as being in multiple area codes, which everyone knows is only possible in parallel universes and horror movies.
This whole project was a horror movie when it came to finding accurate information.
Eventually, we all got through the labyrinth of incorrect information and safely to the safe harbor accurate facts…but it was certainly a lot harder that it should’ve been.Someone definitely needs to start regulating the accuracy of facts listed on Goggle maps and like resources. This is ridiculous in the age of instant information we live in today.
So, what do you think? Should Google and other companies be forced to fact-check their information before the present it to the public as accurate?