Posted by sean on July 3, 2005 at 9:31 pm in Geek Stuff with No Comments

For the last two days I have been playing around with an interesting piece of software called Google Earth which is basically ‘The Worlds Best Globe’.

Google Earth uses satellite images from space and lets you zoom in and view any location on the planet. Some locations are more detailed than others. Where I live, in Bath the resolution is relatively low, but if you view New York you can see every building and even boats in the harbour.

Using this software really does bring home what modern technology can offer. In theory any exterior location in the world could be viewed, in great detail by anybody – anonymously, whether it’s for a bit of fun (like my usage), educational purposes or for even more sinister reasons such as terrorism.

We sit at home watching Big Brother on television thinking to ourselves how we would never diminish our personal privacy when in fact satellites are watching us 24/7. Okay, this is a very paranoid view on things; individually we are (probably) not being viewed by the government and the ‘Men in Black’ but it certainly makes you wonder what technology in the skies is looking down upon us all.

Google Earth can be downloaded, for free here.

Here are a few pics I took using the software

Can you see your house from up here?

Area 51, still not on any maps

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