the demise of printed maps
While in Dallas during the past week, I got to hang out with Todd Rhoades of MondayMorningInsight.com (no ‘s’ on the end) and also Leadership Network colleague. Even though it was only 2 miles from the hotel to headquarters, Todd put his handy-dandy GPS to use. (On the 2nd day of carpooling, we even drove blind, without the GPS, but that’s not the point of this vignette.)
And on the way home from the airport, the taxi driver asks for for a building number before we start rolling. I’m befuddled, saying I’m going home, not to a building. With an elbow and stare from my wifey companion, it dawns on me he’s asking for my street address. (I was groggy from a 4am wake up to catch the flight home) He punches it into his GPS, and we get on our way.
My Aha moment as I awake from my extended nightly slumber: the demise of printed maps. Just as wikipedia has brought in the demise of the encyclopedia, as GPS’s get more popular, cheaper, and built-in to more cars, sales of Thomas Guides, Mapsco, McNally Street Guides, ADC Map books, and road atlases will plummet. Even AAA TripTiks will lose its appeal. A little bit of overstating the obvious, but I’d experienced GPS in action twice this week. No, I probably won’t be getting a GPS for myself, preferring to enjoy the journey, rather than being ultra-efficient on getting to a destination.
And, men don’t have to stop to ask for directions ever again. Not that they did in the first place, but now it’s because they’re not lost. 🙂