Mapping software makes life so much easier. Ten years ago, when you wanted to get somewhere, you had to ask directions. There would be a lengthy conversation as you worked through roads, traffic lights, landmarks, etc. But now, all you need is the address. You put that address into an Internet system and print off the directions, or you put it in your in-car GPS navigation unit and follow the instructions of the friendly voice.
I was reminded of this because my friends life in a new apartment complex, one that has not yet been added to any of the map databases. They had to give me directions the old-fashioned way. We handled this without any problem, But I wonder how long it will be before giving directions, and following directions form a human, will be a lost art.