Let’s avoid digital stupidity

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
Sydney J. Harris

I remember the time when people unfolded street maps to try to find out which way to go. Today, we have apps that point us in the right direction. And I am a huge fan of those apps, especially considering that if there are two possible ways to take, I usually take the wrong one. (And no, just using “the other way” after I have made my decision does not work either.)

But I wonder whether a maps app cannot help people to make better decisions, instead of guiding them to their destination like sheep.

For example, just show the user the current position and where he wants to go, then let him walk. And if he did make the wrong decision (e.g., took the wrong turn), inform him about it a minute later.

This way, you might use a maps app not to replace human ability to navigate, but to foster it.

Just a thought.