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The World Is A Weird Place, According To Google Earth. These 18 Images Are Awesome And Wrong.

The World Is A Weird Place, According To Google Earth. These 18 Images Are Awesome And Wrong.

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Google Earth changed the way humans explore the world. However, technology doesn't always work as advertised. Google Earth will sometimes warp landscapes into interesting works of modern art. This type of glitching happens because of how Google Earth creates its images. The process is called texture mapping. It entails overlaying a flat satellite image with a 3D terrain map. It's a lot like putting a label on a soda bottle. This works pretty well most of the time, but every so often, Google's algorithms mess up trying to stretch a 2D image over a 3D landscape. The result is a pretty crazy distortion of the landscape. Brooklyn artist Clement Valla spends his time scouring Google for these kind of screw-ups and documents them on his website. Check out a few we thought were notable.&n...
To Capture Thailand’s Vast Countryside, Google Did Something Truly Amazing

To Capture Thailand’s Vast Countryside, Google Did Something Truly Amazing

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Much of Thailand's greatest sites are off the beaten path, that is, not accessible via roads and cars. So, when Google Street View wanted to add more points of interest to their coverage of the country, there were very few options. Measuring in at nearly 200 square miles, it's almost impossible to imagine seeing it all, but Google was determined to capture it.They enlisted people to visit these harder-to-reach areas with large backpacks holding numerous cameras. One man in particular is responsible for the majority of the coverage in Thailand. His name is Panupong Luangsa-ard and he's a Thai triathlete. Google estimates that Luangsa-ard walked nearly 500 kilometers (that's over 300 miles). Google Asia Pacific Naturally, he went through num...