Or, as Charles Bandes, a local photog questions:
He’s walking down the street with his camera, he spots a car driving slowly along – with a wide-angle multi-camera rig on the roof, filming everything as it drives on. Ah-ha! Modern mapping technology has come so far, that not only can we get a satellite picture of you in your backyard (admittedly still grainy for the civillian uses), but we also have immersive photo maps of your front yard from drive-by internet companies. Where can you go for privacy these days?
The interesting thing I found was in the comments to the posting – Kasia claims it was her in the car, and she’s not working for Google, but another immersive photo mapping vendor called EveryScape.com! I suppose it’s a fairly obvious idea, and technology has been ready for this kind of image processing for a while now. The key was always the business model, and the logistics of having humans (robot cars not being legal in most populated areas yet) actually drive around everywhere to capture the data close-up.
What’s my point? Several fold:
- Excellent post title, Charles, although I admit I haven’t read that graphic novel in far too long.
Now for some self-promotion (or self-delusion): let’s start a new meme. EveryScape – howabout EveryScrape? Makes sense to most geeks: you’re screen-scraping my neighborhood, dude! CityScrape? All of the other obvious spelling mistakes like EvryScape? Who’s going to be the first to steal some of these other great domain names to make some parasitic profit off of this newcomer?
Please tell me it’s going to be someone fun, who does a worthwhile parody site and/or community driven site, and not one of those evil domain master owners who just pump their AdSense income from their automated spelling-mistake-catching domain registry tools. Ugh.