Google Earth gets Augmented Animated Realtime activity: Will hurt Privacy in Future

Since a while, Google has been monitoring People activity and traffic behavior in the most popular regions around the Globe. The purpose: to make a virtual replica of the real world.

Back in the days, it needed a undercover agent to spy on one person, Today all you need is Google Earth to do it on whole community. Using motion capture data the Google Earth has succeeded in mapping and animating the real time movements of cars, people and clouds. proper version the application is coming up next month. By that time, they are expected to add  weather patterns, birds and river motions to that list.

Georgia Institute of Technology’s students are collaborating with Google to integrate all this in Google Earth. For this, they are using CCTV video to map actual vehicles and people. This is Scary.

The good thing at this moment is all the data displayed is anonymous, which makes it legal technology. What you get to see is the amazing stuff : watch a football game in real time or the actual traffic in your route to work before deciding which route to take etc.. And it would be good for Traffic control systems to eventually control over the congestion by pinpointing the cause.

But wait a minute, think about the other side:

What if someone can label you someway in the virtual world. This would be as good as as having access to one of the CCTV cameras and this system. Someone labels your car, and there you go, you are being watched. There have been several Privacy concerns with Google Products. but nothing has been proved, yet.

Watch the video,

I’m all excited about the +ve side of this technology, possibilities are endless.

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