How will geography use technology in the future? 

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There is, of course, no way to know how geographers will use technology in the future.  We can only speculate as to how they might do so.  I would argue that geographers will continue to increase their use of computerization and may well make greater use of the sort of wireless technologies that are abundant today.

One of the major new technologies today is the combination of wireless internet and GPS and other tracking systems.  For example, a person’s smartphone always knows where they are and can communicate that information to others.  This is the sort of technology that is likely to be used by geographers in the future.

The major benefit of this technology will be to allow geographers to know more about the dynamics of a given area.  For example, by following people via their cell phones or via their cars’ GPS, geographers will be able to get a better idea of how people move through their physical space.  They will be able to know more about how populations of people move from place to place over the course of a day.  This will allow geographers to have a much more real-time and dynamic understanding of the areas that they are studying.

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