The Faceless Gods Of Google Street View

Google's security algorithms are designed to blur out any identifiable faces that show up in Street View. This technology was originally developed to anonymize people, but it's been known to tag its fair share of billboards, murals, and – wouldn't you know it – religious effigies. » 10/04/14 10:00am 10/04/14 10:00am

This A.I. Can Tell Which Neighborhood Is Safe Better Than You Can

Imagine you're dropped in the middle of an unknown city and you need to find a restaurant in a safe area using only the visual cues around you. Sounds hard, right? Well, researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that can do it — and it consistently outperforms humans. » 9/26/14 11:40am 9/26/14 11:40am

Historical Street View Shows How Detroit Is Turning Into Chernobyl

A quarter-century after becoming a radioactive human-free zone, the Chernobyl region has returned to nature. Sadly, Detroit is going through the same transformation owing to it's shrinking population — as Google's sobering Historical Street View demonstrates. » 6/11/14 12:30pm 6/11/14 12:30pm

You can now visit CERN—including the LHC—on Google Street View

Google Street View is truly becoming our virtual tour guide to some of the coolest and most unusual places in the world, and now they are taking us inside the facilities of CERN. » 9/28/13 11:00am 9/28/13 11:00am

Explore the Galápagos Islands on Google Street View

Google Maps has taken us into the Grand Canyon, to Japan's abandoned Battleship Island, and under the sea, and now it allows us to venture to the Galápagos from the comfort of our desks. » 9/14/13 9:30am 9/14/13 9:30am

Japan's abandoned Battleship Island is now on Google Street View

Located off the coast of Nagasaki, the long-abandoned Hashima Island (also known as "Gunkanjima" or "Battleship Island") was the inspiration for Raoul Silva's lair in Skyfall. Now, thanks to Google Maps, you can visit the island on Street View. » 6/29/13 11:30am 6/29/13 11:30am

Teehan+Lax releases easy-to-use hyperlapse tool, blows everyone's…

Have you ever been clicking along a particularly stunning stretch of road in Google Street View and thought: damn, how awesome it would be if you could stitch all these individual images together and turn them into a video? Well... sit down. Clear your schedule. There's something you need to see. » 4/10/13 12:27pm 4/10/13 12:27pm

Weirdo Google Street View scenes invade the realm of high art

The roving cameras of Google Street View has archived all manner of accidental weirdness. Artist Jon Rafman has assiduously documented the strangest sights Google's cameras have captured in the company's quest to provide a navigable facsimile of reality. Indeed, tucked between the boring shots of roads and homes are… » 8/02/12 7:55am 8/02/12 7:55am

Wirecutter-shaped spaceship discovered on Google Street View

Should you look up Foxoak St, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64, United Kingdom on Google Street View and move the camera toward the sky, you may notice something a bit off. I don't know what's more disconcerting: proof of alien battle cruisers or the fact that they've been cribbing human designs. » 1/06/12 2:20pm 1/06/12 2:20pm