One of the expensive problems in mapping: keeping maps updated with “street level data” about signs, addresses etc.
Companies like Apple and Alphabet Inc -- send out fleets of vehicles outfitted with cameras and other sensors to gather images + fetch user data posted on their platforms.
Mapillary - crowdsources images, ingesting pictures contributed from smart phones and other types of cameras.
Why then sell to Facebook crowdsourced intelligence?
This article makes the case for probable whys: https://medium.com/@joemorrison/why-on-earth-did-facebook-just-acquire-mapillary-9838405272f8
@mose so they are going to give all the mapping data and images away for free and under open source licenses? i didnt know that, sounds like a very good thing for most people, no matter what facebooks motivations are.
@felix From the linked article: "This is a strategy known as “commoditizing your complement,” that I first read about in an excellent article from the mysterious internet journalist/researcher Gwern. Essentially, if you’re getting your ass handed to you by a competitor with a software or data advantage you can’t replicate yourself, you can use permissive licensing as a weapon to erode that advantage by encouraging the world to collaborate with you."
I am with you on the benefits to most people.
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