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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Google Inventions of the Future (2 of 10)

Number 2. Google Satellite. In 2011, Google Inc acquires Satellite Empires’ network of floating eyes in outer space. Using their image processing technology Google will take a snapshot of everything once a week; plus whenever something moves, they record that too and update their servers. Now when you look to Google for information on John M. from Denver, Colorado, not only will you get whatever’s available on the web – you will also be able to get a crystal clear view on his roof and balcony.

What went right: Google Satellite with its seamless zooming into four Exabyte raw image data was a dream come true for city builders and architects alike. Never before would people have such complete grasp of what the world looks like from above. From complete understanding sprang completely new ideas.

What went wrong: Thanks to the the ever-preying set of Google Satellite eyes, most older people were too afraid to leave their homes to walk the streets of their neighborhood ever again.

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