In general, mapping technologies are limited by the human imagination. You may be thinking to yourself that this sounds like some sort of bumper-sticker statement, weak reductionist, or simplistic logic. If you think about it hard enough, culture is really a mirror of imagination.
If you look at people’s values, characters and priorities, they’re a reflection of their imagination. Highly imaginative people see the world in very different ways and do not allow themselves to be restricted to simple height, width and length. They think in 3D. In fact, they think in 64D. They don’t let a typical dimensions hold them back and drag them down. They think big, precisely because they know that there are no limits.
Ultimately, this becomes the limit to mapping technology. Let’s face, it most people don’t think in these terms. They focus on what they could see, plan only as far as the next day, or two inches in front of their noses. If we are serious about taking whatever technology to a higher level, we have to overcome this natural tendency to develop some sort of mental tunnel vision.
A lot of this is due to comfort zone. The whole notion of comfort zones really has some sort of mentally restricting effect. Think about it this way, if you don’t spend much time challenging, calling out or otherwise pushing against your comfort zones, the walls of those zones start behaving pretty much like invisible prison walls.
People who have a tough time achieving much of anything in their lives are not able to achieve progress because they’re lazy. It’s not because they’re dumb, or physically disabled in any way shape or form. Instead, it’s all in their head. They think that the world is limited, or their options are few and far between. Accordingly, their actions reflect this in a reality.
So, what is the limit to mapping technology? It’s the limit we choose to abide by. On the other hand, if choose to remain a mental rebel and assume that there are no rules, there will be a tremendous future for you as far as mapping technology is concerned.
As a final note, no discussion about the limitations of mapping and other human intellectual activities would be complete if we don’t factor in fear. Now keep in mind that when people are operating out of
fear, they allow themselves to become blind to certain things that would otherwise would be plain, blatant, or obvious. Even the smartest person can be so paralyzed and so taken in by the fear of what others would think that they develop artificial blindness to the facts. Mapping is no different. When people are so afraid of damage to their reputation or the withholding of acclaim and respect, they bring themselves to making key changes and holding back on what would otherwise be amazing discoveries. Keep this in mind when thinking about mapping technology. Fear is a big factor. It would not be a smart idea to disregard or ignore it.