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Dynamic Maps, Static Storage

Brandon Liu

Brandon Liu

Cartographic Technologist

Serverless computing supposedly will let developers run sophisticated applications on the web without wrangling virtual machines or databases. New products like Lambda offer simpler deploys for code; emerging standards like WebAssembly let you host SQLite databases on GitHub pages and make queries all from your browser. These examples rely on developers adopting new workflows or programming environments. So what if I told you that you've been computing serverlessly without realizing it?

Behold this one megabyte embedded video, a clip from Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero: