• If an algorithm draws lines on a map, is that the same as land surveying?

    5 monthes ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / Vizaline owners Scott Dow and Brent Melton , standing in front of a sample Viza-plat property outline.
    When does drawing a digital line on a satellite map cross an ethereal threshold into the centuries-old practice of licensed land surveying? This is the existential question now before a Mississippi state court.
    Since 2014, Vizaline , a startup based in Madison, Mississippi, has provided this very specific service to local banks: drawing polygons on satellite photos. Why would banks want this? Many banks lend money to facilitate real-estate acquisition, and in this way, the bank...
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