Google Streetview

By TimeParadoX
Oct 22, 2008
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  1. How is it that Google takes pictures of streetview? I know they have a lot of cars, but they seem to have views that would be hard to get (They seem to cut into traffic, like in New York City), so how do they do it? Also they went to every street in my city except for mine. :(
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Original post on topic:

    Google hire many independant private contractors to drive around and take pictures

    Invasion of privacy?
    Well there's been cameras in cities for years

    Oh there's lots of cameras, and lots on angles
  3. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Have you seen the Docudrama "2057"? Michio Kaku (might not be him who said it, but I remember it from a docudrama that depicted the future) says that in the future they'll be little cameras everywhere, they are so tiny that we don't feel or see them. So maybe that will be the future "Google Earth", with it actually being in-depth view and you could see every place you want, even inside buildings. That would be more invasive than people driving around in cars with cameras on the roof.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Obviously you are aware of George Orwell's book 1984
    Which came out in 1949

    That guy (Michio Kaku) was born in 1947

    So I'd say George Orwell wins, with his Big Brother is watching

    You do know that book\film I hope (you must!)

    Anyway, in the book there were cameras inside the homes
    And they also had something called NewSpeak which is definately happening too.

    Just a matter of time I feel
    Businesses already have cameras (legally allowed) at work
    Why not in the home? (I know why, but the younger generation have not been taught privacy)

    Whereas I was
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Watch 1984, read 1984.
    Watch Farenheit 451, read Farenheit 451.
    Watch V for Vendetta.
    Question what is happening.

    Since at least the 1940s people have been concerned about their governments actions, back then they didn't have the means to congregate and organize any resistance. We do now. Inform yourself, and act appropriately.
  6. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Enthusiast Posts: 221

    I believe that Google hires people to put camera's on top of trucks and drive around. You will notice, like I did, that you cannot see the faces of people in cars or license plate numbers. Which is great. If you try and move closer on a moving car, the street will move but the car will stay a distance away, or simply pass the camera view.
  7. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    It scares me. I actually noticed that my streets pic was taken a long time ago, as there is now a donkey sitting on the side of the road.

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