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Maps have been a part of Dylan Phillips’ life for as long as he can remember. His father, an anthropologist, got an old National Geographic Relief Map, for his wall as a child. In middle school, he won a national geography bee. By high school, he was helping his father build maps of Hurricane Damage in Charleston after Hugo. In the Air Force, he used DTED maps to program the trajectories of Cruise Missiles.
But these maps were static, constant, dead if you will. The USSR still lives on, in the map on his wall. He’s come to learn that maps, are not about geography, they are about people, and the human sense of space.
From my perspective, the availability of mobile locative information is easily the most exciting opportunity of the last 15 years. It’s potential impacts affect nearly every model of our modern world: game play, politics, commerce, government and media. Those impacts will no doubt be disruptive and likely morally ambiguous. I’m no pundit, I’m an engineer. And thanks to a great career at Microsoft, I have the opportunity to spend 100% of my time building in this space. I’m building neat stuff, learning new things everyday, and looking forward to sharing ideas with others.