Google's security algorithms are designed to blur out any identifiable faces that show up in Street View. This technology was originally developed to anonymize people, but it's been known to tag its fair share of billboards, murals, and – wouldn't you know it – religious effigies.
Imagine you're dropped in the middle of an unknown city and you need to find a restaurant in a safe area using only the visual cues around you. Sounds hard, right? Well, researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that can do it — and it consistently outperforms humans.
A quarter-century after becoming a radioactive human-free zone, the Chernobyl region has returned to nature. Sadly, Detroit is going through the same transformation owing to it's shrinking population — as Google's sobering Historical Street View demonstrates.
Google Street View is truly becoming our virtual tour guide to some of the coolest and most unusual places in the world, and now they are taking us inside the facilities of CERN.
Located off the coast of Nagasaki, the long-abandoned Hashima Island (also known as "Gunkanjima" or "Battleship Island") was the inspiration for Raoul Silva's lair in Skyfall. Now, thanks to Google Maps, you can visit the island on Street View.
Have you ever been clicking along a particularly stunning stretch of road in Google Street View and thought: damn, how awesome it would be if you could stitch all these individual images together and turn them into a video? Well... sit down. Clear your schedule. There's something you need to see.
The roving cameras of Google Street View has archived all manner of accidental weirdness. Artist Jon Rafman has assiduously documented the strangest sights Google's cameras have captured in the company's quest to provide a navigable facsimile of reality. Indeed, tucked between the boring shots of roads and homes are…
Should you look up Foxoak St, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64, United Kingdom on Google Street View and move the camera toward the sky, you may notice something a bit off. I don't know what's more disconcerting: proof of alien battle cruisers or the fact that they've been cribbing human designs.