In 2009 I wrote a post about the 'The Modern Tour Guide" can read here: http://mistercicada.blogspot.com/2010/02/modern-tour-guide.html
In 2011, just the other week in fact, Google unveiled a Virtual Museum Tour that allows the user to visit over 385 galleries in 17 of the worlds leading museums. The virtual tour will take the user through pictures in up to 14 billion pixels and allow them to navigate their way through the space with 360 degree movement exactly like Google Maps.
So what does this all mean?
it means we now have access to information and experiences (debatable) on demand and at our fingertips, It also means we are nudging closer and closer to a virtual world, that will not require any human interaction to exist in.
I wonder in the decades to come if we will value a student of the Virtual Museum knowledge, or directions from a man that clicked through every google street map in a foreign town.