Without Michael Jones, this blog wouldn’t exist. We’ve mentioned him on here numerous times in the past, as he was a co-founder of Keyhole (which later became Google Earth) and is now the Chief Technology Advocate at Google.
James Fallows of The Atlantic has posted a lengthy interview with Michael discussing how maps have changed over the years and how they’re becoming more personal.
Michael has many great insights in the article, even touching on how maps and wearable computers (such as Google Glass) will change things in the near future:
For instance, right now people walk around looking at directions on phones. In the future, the phone will signal you–go left or straight ahead–in words or sounds in your ear, or visually through your glasses, so you can just look where you’re going and walk. It’ll be like you’re a local everywhere you go. You’ll know your way through the back alleys and hutongs of Beijing, you’ll know your way all around Paris even if you’ve never been before. Signs will seem to translate themselves for you. This kind of extra-smartness is coming to people.
It’s a great read and I encourage you to visit their site and read the full article.