In an interview from the Aspen Ideas Festival, Google’s “geospatial technologist” Ed Parsons hints at how “maps” - but really he means geospatial information - may work in the future.
For example he points to the question facing many people on this hot summer morning: Is today a good day to go the beach? If you were considering it, and were taking account the potential for storms this afternoon, you might go look at a picture of the beach on Street View to see what kinds of shelters are available in case of rain. Parsons sees a more efficient way: Instead of looking at the virtual representation of the beach, you could ask the question directly - is there a beach nearby with good shelter in case of rain - and Google would just tell you that, using its huge database of “anything you see in the real world.”
To Parsons, maps can be so much more than maps. They can be all the information that exists in physical space, and then a layer of intelligence that can put that information to use.