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Google maps is great, for similar reasons other maps are
good. It's essentially a top down 2D reconstruction of the
physical world. Some attempts to add a sort of pseudo 3D
effect have been added, but they're not that useful or
Now, the real world is travelling in time, forwards,
rate of roughly one hour per hour. What if we added a
scroll-able time axis to google maps. This would operate,
by, say, holding down the "t" key and scrolling your mouse.
The map would then move in time. For example, if a
building were scheduled for demolition it would disappear
as you moved through the correct date. A new road might
open. On a smaller scale, shops would open and close as
you moved through their business hours, or perhaps a cafe
would change to a late night bar.
||This is entirely baked in Google Earth.
||I've seen an add-on for Google Earth which allows for
continental drift. Presumably this is similar but more finely
tuned. I imagine it can be done and that it is done.