Play Lab_Side-effects and Side-shows

What is the future of spatial thinking in a world where people depend entirely on technology (smartphones and self-driving cars) to get around?

Possible Side-effects

Because GPS maps are focused on everything in relation to your current location, people become a) more self-absorbed, b) unaware of surroundings c) unable to process long and complex directions.

People rely on arrival time estimates of technological tools (which are based on distance but also other factors like traffic) and lose intuitive understanding of the relationship between space and time.

Due to the rise of driverless vehicles, people no longer have to drive their own cars and therefore, don’t have to commit directions or spatial cues to memory.

Without any need to deeply internalize spatial surroundings in order to navigate, people start to feel like tourists in their own home cities.

Possible Side-shows
1. Metro/light rail and other forms of public transportation becomes extremely popular.
2. People are inseparable from their phones and other gps technologies (could lead to increase in wearable technologies).
3. People no longer trust themselves or other people to operate heavy machinery for safety reasons.
4. Public transportation becomes a medium for entertainment and advertising.
5. People start using their travel time for work or other forms of productivity, which adds stress and removes time for reflection from people’s lives.