Paired With AI And VR, Google Earth Will Change The Planet

Paired With AI And VR, Google Earth Will Change The Planet


Publication Title
Wired
Publication/Creation Date
June 29 2015
Creators/Contributors
James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve (contributor)
University Of California, Los Angeles (contributor)
Google Inc. (contributor)
Vint Cerf (contributor)
International Space Station (contributor)
Apollo 11 (contributor)
Brian McClendon (contributor)
Rebecca Moore (contributor)
Orbital Insight (contributor)
Descartes Labs (contributor)
Google Earth Engine (contributor)
The World Resources Institute (contributor)
Aaron Steele (contributor)
Steven Brumby (contributor)
James Crawford (contributor)
Clay Bavor (contributor)
Skybox (contributor)
Sean Askay (contributor)
Cade Metz (creator)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
On the eve of Google Earth's 10th anniversary, Google researchers are applying artificial intelligence and virtual reality (VR) technology to transform the service into a much more powerful resource for research. Under the leadership of Sean Askay, Google Earth is evolving, with neural networks currently being used to sift through Google's massive cache of satellite imagery for insights. Meanwhile, VR is being explored to imbue Google Earth with new levels of fidelity and realism. Askay and Google are constructing three-dimensional models of actual locations that can be visited from desktop PCs, while future iterations will be designed to interact with Oculus-like headsets to make the experience even more immersive. Engineers have designed cameras for capturing 360-degree stereoscopic images, and Google has a service that stitches the images into a digital environment for viewing with a special headset. Another initiative to evolve Google Earth further involves the Google Earth Engine, a tool that outside developers and companies can employ to tap Google's data center network to run calculations on environmental data. Askay and his supervisor, Rebecca Moore, intend to make Earth Engine available to a wider audience. The World Resources Institute's Aaron Steele notes his organization is using neural networking to build a system for expanding, accelerating, and enhancing related projects.
HCI Platform
Other
Location on Body
Not On The Body
Source
https://www.wired.com/2015/06/paired-ai-vr-google-earth-will-change-planet/