Apr 1, 2008

Mapping the future

A post on the BLDG Blog got me thinking about mapping the future via Google Earth. There are already historical overlays. What about overlays of future data? What would it look like and how would we navigate? People have mapped the ever present now--pandemics in real time, crime stats in Oakland, state of the environment--but not the fantastical and imagined future.

With GPS, Google Maps, and the ever present iPhone, I miss being able to get lost. It is extremely difficult in a mediated, controlled world.

What if it were possible to map the future, which would constantly shift. We would regain our disorientation, that dizzying moment when nothing looks familiar. In the physical world, you have to slowly find your way back to recognition with your senses. What about in Google Earth?

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