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When was the last time you were truly lost? Thanks to the maps and location technology in our smartphones, a whole generation has now grown up in a world where getting lost is truly a thing of the past. Richard will share with you why location technology is one of the foundational technologies of your time and how it will become even more important in an increasingly autonomous world.
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One day, a young Richard decided that he rather enjoyed Indiana Jones and would therefore become an archaeologist. To prepare for this exciting future, he got himself a summer job on an archaeological dig. It was a summer with a lot of rain and very few rolling boulders. One evening the man in charge took him aside, looked at him with haunted eyes, and said: "Don't become an archaeologist”. So Richard got himself a PhD in distributed computing instead, and embarked on a career in tech. At some point he took a wrong turn and got lost in the middle of Mongolia. That day he realized the importance of great maps. This led him to HERE Technologies, where he helps developers find their way using location technology. He's not cool enough for Berlin, but he lives there anyway.