Thursday, January 16, 2003

Emerging Technology

Steven Johnson's new monthly column at Discover Magazine began this week with a look at what might happen when GPS location systems and open hypertext markup collide.

Simply strolling down the sidewalk can become a hypertextual exploration, a journey into a new information space layered over the real one. Suddenly the surrounding air is full of information—some of it created for you by your closest friends, some of it created by total strangers. The streets are alive with data.

Maybe it's the vaguely creepy imagery in that last sentence, but I'm feeling information anxiety just thinking about this right now.


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