Interview With Michael Jones – Google Earth Chief Technology Officer

Michael Jones of GoogleGeospatial Solutions’ Mary Jo Wagner did an interview of Michael Jones, apparently back in May. Michael was a co-founder of Keyhole Inc. which made the product Google bought that became Google Earth. He is now the Chief Technology Officer of Google Earth. Michael is an excellent speaker and he shares some very interesting insight into Google’s perspective about Google Earth. He emphasizes strongly that Google has many indirect benefits from GE that are helping it derive real business profits for its huge investment. He also lists some of the direct ways it is deriving revenue (customers who buy the Plus, Pro and Enterprise versions of GE). Definitely a worthwhile read!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Gary J McLaughlin says:

    Dear Sir,
    This is Fan Mail. Google Earth is fantastic and truly impressive. If I had the time I would spend hours each day at your site.
    It makes us see the world as it is. It gives us perspective and obliges us to think.
    Can you make New Brunswick Canada higher definition by this Christmas.
    Many sincere thanks and congratulations for your great contribution
    Kindest regards
    Gary McLaughlin
    Edmundston, N.B.

  2. Google Earth and Climate Change: Google Earth provides a fascinating way to explore the earth remote ecosystems. Few people would imagine that GE has the resolution and detail to monitor ecosystems, but an experienced interpreter can do remarkable things with Google Earth beyond the simple location of houses, urban areas and major landscape features. A 2005 Google Earth visit to one of my old research sites in Manitoba, Canada, showed that Google Earth can be used to approximate the melting rates of permafrost in the boreal. Have a look at

  3. Wasef Y. AZAR says:

    How can I change the language of goole earth from Arabic to English? Can I get help to do that

  4. Blaesi says:

    Mr. Jones
    You had a speech in October last year in Basle, Switzerland on the 2. Swiss Innovation Forum. My boss participed and is very interested in your “Gigapixel-Camera” which you have told about. Do you have any information about, picture or anything else. He has a speech about the future of CCTV (Video surveillance) and would like to talk about the your innovation.
    Would be nice to hear a short feedback.
    Best regards
    Eotec AG, Switzerland /

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