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How we explore the world

When I was a boy, I saw the world through my imagination, an encyclopedia and a globe. At the time, it was really great! Learning where countries were.. feeling the little mountain ranges with your fingers. My globe inspired many, many hours of wonder and imaginary travel.

Fast forward to my 3 year old son trying to figure out why he can’t zoom in and see down to the street level on this little spinning ball that looked like Earth.

Two frustrating minutes of twisting and turning, spinning and flipping later, he demands of me “How can I see the waterfall at the end of this river!?” I just kind of sat there for a minute, a little perplexed about how best to respond to this inquiry.

Then, all of a sudden, with an enthusiastic smile and a lunge toward my desk he grabbed up my android phone. Within seconds he had launched a voice search Assistant and asked of it, “Show me the waterfall and the river”.

“Here are some videos of the waterfall and the river“ replied my phone in a very cheerful feminine voice, as it promptly displayed several video clips from the web. Some of which had links to take you right to their location in Google Earth and Street level photographs. There were even Wikipedia entries with county populations and links to entire histories of local cultures (local to that particular waterfall).

So there in the blink of an eye my little pre-schooler had obtained seriously vast amounts of information in pictures, videos and text articles (that could be read out loud via text-to-speech) about some wonderful place on Earth.. so much more information than I could have gotten from my little globe and a whole set of encyclopedias with a week to spend on it!

How fast our world is evolving! Such magnificent technologies are beginning to open up more and more of it’s secrets. How wonderful it is that our youngest generation can access this incredible world of hi-def and in-depth information.. as easily as asking a question.

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