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“When maps become algorithms, and algorithms become maps.” Leijia Hanrahan comments on how, through the integration of technology with maps, the user’s role has shifted. The user used to be exterior to the map, an observer that could reference any location on a static map; “you are nowhere and anywhere.” But now, the little blue dot that we are all familiar with has inserted the user into the modern dynamic map, restricting our world view to just that which immediately surrounds us. Read full article here

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