If you are the kind of person who doesn't mind taking a little extra time to smell the roses, take the scenic route or appreciate the beauty that surrounds you, Yahoo is about to become your map search of choice. Yahoo is developing an algorithm that instead of offering the most direct or fastest way to get somewhere, can tell you the prettiest way to arrive at your destination.
A recent research paper by Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella and Luca Maria Aiello in arXiv is aptly named 'The Shortest Path to Happiness: Recommending Beautiful, Quiet and Happy Routes in the City' and is fairly self-explanatory. Even though beauty is subjective, crowdsourcing a database of pleasant images can make the scenic route your go to route.
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