Are Map Tiles an Obsolete Technology?

From the MapScaping blog:

However, map tiles are the only way to create a seamless, smooth and multi-scale user experience for large planet-scale geo-data. Even as devices become more powerful, the detail and volume of geo data grows commensurately. The boundless supply of rich data, combined with the demand for smooth, instant-loading maps, means tiling will always remain an essential part of the digital mapmaker’s toolkit.

Are Map Tiles an Obsolete Technology? The answer is “no.” Betteridge’s law of headlines holds up.