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Mixing real and virtual

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/google-earth-pushes-boundaries-between-real-and-virtual/?ref=technology

 

Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, explained at a press event that he wanted Google to be “the third half of your brain.” Mr. Brin wasn’t just referring to the company’s search products when he made that somewhat eerie proclamation. He was also alluding to a number of  products that should be expected in the coming years…Google took its “third half” concept to another level with its Google Earth software, creating a more realistic world that blurs the line between virtual life and reality and helps make the program look more like a variation of the Star Trek Holodecknew Google Earth software introduces two major new features: the integration of Street View, Google’s photos of streets and locations, and millions of 3-D trees. The company has also made it easier to browse historical images and maps on the platform…inclusion of Street View makes it easy for users to swoop in and out of the 3-D version of Google Earth, and then easily enter an experience that is more realistic and true-to-life through the Street View photos layer…

 

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