Reflection by JONATHON M.
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In this demo of a system of maps that spans the world hosted by BING or Microsoft, the host demonstrates a fantastic and utterly amazing use of the world maps and how technology has evolved.
Sure, Google maps will give you fairly accurate land marks and buildings etc, but this set of maps lets you go down to a street view and view it from all the different angles at different times of day and pretty much every variable allowing you to quickly locate and determine location based on where you are physically standing.
I thought this was impressive but it goes on to become a massive amount of impressive technology that I wouldn’t have thought possible for maybe another 10 years. The one thing that relay caught my eyes was the ability for a mobile phone on a new 4g network to stream video of where they are specifically and have it appear on the map as a live feed at street level view. The team that worked on the project appeared on film where they would be in the non moving map and waved and all cheered for their release.
I found this new system of maps to not only be innovative but something that is quite useful as well, there is a large difference between innovative and useful on an every day basis, some technologies although they are very unique and interesting are either very expensive and inaccessible to the average person or are just gizmo’s to toy around with, but these maps serve a much larger purpose they actually give you physical landmarks in fairly high detail and accurate street location to help navigate around the city.
Although everything that we’ve already gone over is very cool, it becomes even more practical once you here what other capabilities it has It has access to photos from flickr and other photo media sites and uses Geo tagged photos to put in place of their own if you so choose the option therefore giving a very wide array of options to view any location in the world in. Technology is and will slowly change the world so that we may live a much more knowledgeable life that is more fulfilling in every way and purpose to be able to virtually be any place on the planet even if you don’t have a dime to your name and to experience anything from sky diving to standing on top of the Eiffel tower technology changes perceptions about reality.
The maps that BING is implementing are only the start of a revolution of digital experiences that are true to life that will one day turn into a virtual life that we can live over and over in milliseconds and then come out to realize what the world used to be like without this slew of technology at our hands, it has created a way for communication, a way to socially network and keep in touch with friends, and to share stories of tragedy or love, in the end technology will make a better world