A state legislator, Kris Amundson, reminds us in a blog posting that an elected official who blogs can always make his or her points in a more creative, original and compelling way … and also be responsible for an Elvis sighting!
Check out this great new mapping website from the city of Seattle. I bet everyone would love to put their town ‘on the map’ like this. There’s a lot going on with mapping, such as Zoodango, a site that notes local attractions and lets people rank and share information about them.
If you couple all this work with technology that makes this information portable – even wearable - the potential is amazing. Wouldn’t it be great if a citizen could point their augmented reality glasses or headset, or whatever, at a city building or an entire civic complex and have the device tell the person what services are where?
Imagine a world where taxpayers can ask their machine to give them directions to a place that’s being discussed by their City Council … which of course is possible with GPS technology … but then also get relevant information about the proposal onsite through one of these devices. And then … be able to make a ‘public comment’ then and there by dictating into a machine that saves the feedback for the council?
OK, we’re aways from that … but these are clearly exciting times.