From satellite imaging to ground penetrating radar to the Space telescopes and probes, we are at the very apex of ability to chart unknown and even previously thought of as known areas with a degree of certainty that has never existed before.
While navigating the planet has never been easier, with GPS technology being able to pinpoint exactly where you are at any given time, the fact remains that we are still not satisfied with what we can see and what we know.
Not content with being able to pull up Google Maps (on Google!) and find directions to any place, anywhere, at any time, we also now have Google Earth, where we can pull up a map of the entire planet and zoom into any country we want and get the particulars on that place in real time.
We can even get a street view on many of those places, with more to come, courtesy of Google Street View, compiled by many thousands of hours of Google Street View cars roaming the streets, ally-ways and seemingly every nook and cranny on the planet, giving one the ability to pull up their own street address and actually see their cars in their own driveway.
Exciting TImes for Map Making
While paper maps will always have a place because of the limits of technology and their dependence on electrical power, the fact remains that we live in one the most exciting times in human history when it comes to map making and the ability to know where we are and where we may want to go.
The information that we now have virtually at our fingertips is unparalleled and the ability to generate even more information is both exciting and wondrous.
Who would have thought, even 20 years ago, that we would have the ability to map out the sea floor using the technology we have invented?