As we remember from history Lewis and Clark made the first map of the then recent Louisiana Purchase. In all they created 140 maps. Google’s Street View project is underway to create a pictorial map of the entire world and add data and links to it. They have filmed 6 million miles of road and expect that it will take a trillion photos to cover the world. That is a lot of storage even for Google. There are some other people working on this type of project so there is competition.
The proximity and research services that could be offered based on this core data would be world changing. The combination of the pictures and the location based data offers essential organization of the world. The growing amount of geographically related data will create depth of what the world knows about any place where you stand or drive. So Google will be able to drive you home in your car and the new Google Robots can chase after you. Also the Google Robots can fight the Amazon Drones. Would that be Skynet global domination?