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Groupe DESORIENTATION

Disorientation has been a huge concern for mankind since the earliest uses of a space that is not just proximal or peripersonal.

Popular wisdom has it that disorientation is no longer a problem, because of assistive, GPS based devices. However, the idea that disorientation will disappear from the human landscape is wishful thinking at best. Cases of device-induced disorientation (intensive use of GPS based navigation devices) are documented with increased frequency ; disorientation pathologies will continue to exist, related to aging, dementia and various disorders, with no therapy in sight ; and technology is not a universal or definitive solution (due to failure, power shortage, accidents, poor ergonomics, inherent complexities of the devices or improper use.) Finally, even though information is the key remediation for disorientation, contemporary environments are prone to information overload – in particular an overload of information aimed at remediating disorientation.


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