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The Undiscovered Country

If you are a regular user of PostGIS, you probably already know that Paul Ramsey is its most well known champion. In a keynote he gave at Geomatiqué 2016 in Montreal, he provided some insights on where GIS is evolving.

He explained how GIS tends to lag about five years behind most other technologies. Concepts like Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Machine Learning are not all that new. What drives technological change is not the breakthroughs as much as the mass accessibility to those breakthroughs.

Yes, he borrowed the title of his presentation from Star Trek VI, but if you take the time to go through his well remarked slides, you might really enjoy his insights into how our GIS infrastructure is changing. You’ll see the often recurring quote,

“First it becomes possible, then it becomes so cheap that anyone can do it… and that’s where it gets interesting.”

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