Maps created ten years ago are vastly different from the maps we have today, and Google's chief technology advocate, Michael Jones — formerly the co-founder of Keyhole, whose technology was used to create Google Earth — has played a major role in their rapid evolution. In an interview with The Atlantic, Jones says that he wanted to make geography fun — not in the manner of a game, but engaging, "like you're dating a planet and you want to know it, to hear all about its past and hopes." Jones also discusses how mapping has changed from being a "stylized portrait" of the planet to an "interactive conversation," and talks about what's coming next for the technology.
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