Best of the Blogs Monthly – March 2017

By on 27 March, 2017

Each month, we look back on the best of the month’s Best of the Blogs.

We do not live in times of peace. Although we don’t witness it, the global cyber war is raging on. Norse Corp, one of the leading cyber security firms, developed an interactive map that shows just how serious it has become. This mesmerising map is hypnotic. If you watch long enough, the map will explode with colours, as mass-hack attacks blast across the globe. [Geoawesomeness]

 

Before he became the first U.S. president, George Washington was actually a surveyor who measured and mapped the lands of colonial America. Washington officially became a surveyor at the age of 17, and was involved in creating many maps throughout his life, including as a general, when his love for maps became especially valuable. [Atlas Obscura]

 

The rich promise of autonomous driving is often discussed, with benefits from cheaper car insurance, to shorter journey times being touted. The question, however, is how do we get there? How do we get to a place where these benefits aren’t just discussed, but realized? HERE proposes that the answer relies on us first “mastering the map.” [HERE Blog]

 

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning… You hear these buzzwords almost every day but what is their actual meaning? Are these terms related and overlapping? What’s the technology behind it? And what are their applications in the geospatial industry? [Geoawesomeness]

 

WATCH THIS:  Many people have issues with the commonly used Mercator projection, namely that it shows the Earth with distorted areas and therefore emphasises the influence of certain nations. The Peters projection map, also referred to as the Gall-Peters projection map, is considered an equal-area representation of the globe and will now be used in classrooms in Boston for this very reason. [WBUR]

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