10 Concepts That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago

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#1. Never Being Lost

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Well … not quite never. I go camping in thickly forested mountains where my phone won't work (which is the point), and I've trained myself to bring a paper map with me in those situations. But that's the wilderness. In the city where I live, I've got directions. Walking, cycling, or driving. With traffic. And estimated arrival time. At all times, assuming I'm powered up. I know when the next bus is coming. I've got Google Street View to show me what my destination looks like. "Lost" as a concept is becoming obsolete—or, at least, voluntary.

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