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Omniscient Company Acquires All-Seeing Company

Another day, another Google acquisition. But not all acquisitions are like this one. From Wired's 2013 profile of the satellite imaging company Skybox:

But over the long term, the company’s real payoff won’t be in the images Skybox sells. Instead, it will derive from the massive trove of unsold images that flow through its system every day—images that, when analyzed by computer vision or by low-paid humans, can be transmogrified into extremely useful, desirable, and valuable data. What kinds of data? One sunny afternoon on the company’s roof, I drank beers with the Skybox employees as they kicked around the following hypotheticals: