Augmented Reality + Google Earth = AugEarth (or Big Brother?)

Augmented Reality + Google Earth = AugEarth (or Big Brother?)

Augmenting Aerial Earth Maps with Dynamic Information (augearth)

The above demo, from students of Georgia Institute of Technology, is both super cool and scary as hell. Phenomenal technology for real-time mapping via Google Earth but… equally frightening is how easily this could actually destroy our privacy. The unusual paradigm shift to the eerily Orwellian display is that Big Brother can be anyone. The way things are headed, our beloved privacy that we fought so hard for in the 1970’s will soon be diminished to nothing by our overwhelming desire to share everything with everyone that future generations could very well live in a world where there is zero privacy.

While I love the advancements in technology, this is one area where it gets questionable.

Where should that fine line in our social media frenzied lives be?

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Video Info via YouTube:

Augmenting Aerial Earth Maps with Dynamic Information :
To appear in IEEE ISMAR (International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality) 2009, Orlando, Florida USA:

Using crowd-casted videos, we generate a dynamic alive city in augmented virtual earth maps.

- More info: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/cpl/projects…

- Director contact: http://www.irfanessa.com

- GeorgiaTech Graphics Group: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/graphics/

- Authors: Kihwan Kim, Dr. Sangmin-Oh, Jeonggyu Lee and Professor Dr. Irfan Essa(Director)

- Special thanks to : Dr. Nick Diakopoulos (Narration), Myungcheol Doo (Data collection)

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