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Submerge Yourself in Google’s Stunning Underwater Street Views

To celebrate World Oceans Day, Google invites us to experience our planet’s aquatic beauty firsthand.

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Despite their covering most of this planet’s surface, and containing nearly all its water, we oftentimes take our oceans for granted. Sure, we admire them from afar, occasionally floating atop them on cruise ships or fishing boats. We might even dip a toe into their waters while spending a day at the beach. By and large, however, the vast majority of us have never strapped on scuba gear and actually spent time submerged in Earth’s watery depths. Regardless of their sheer planetary magnitude, the oceans are, for many of us, a complete unknown.

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This 404 Message is Anti-Google Art

MTO’s “We Live On Google Earth” provokes debate on corporate hegemony and censorship.

Earlier this year, Google announced its new street art project, an ambitious attempt to memorialize street art from around the world before the pieces get whitewashed or painted over. But while Google has the support of famous Obama poster-maker Shepard Fairey, it’s also been the target of criticism from other artists. Among them is MTO, a French artist who debuted three new pieces in the Italian coastal town of Gaeta that challenge Google’s hegemony, imagining a dystopic future in which all art and expression are mediated through and curated by Google.

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Amazing, Addictive, and Creative Uses of Google Earth and Google Maps

Google Maps and Google Earth are pretty awesome on their own—you can see the whole world on your laptop in the comfort of your living room. But...


Google Maps and Google Earth are pretty awesome on their own—you can see the whole world on your laptop in the comfort of your living room. But what's even more awesome is the myriad way artists and developers are using these tools to create games, videos and photo series that are a delight to the eye. Here are a few to check out.
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You know when you look up at the clouds and see an animal, or a human face? The phenomenon is called Pareidolia, and Google Faces, a project by the design studio Onformative, shows that machines can experience it too.
Developers created an algorithm to comb through Google Earth images and with facial recognition software, detect the hidden faces on Earth. It doesn't work every time, but they've found some stunning examples already.

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