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Ultradistancia – new project by Argentinian artist transforms Google Earth into phychedelic evidence of human existance.

Cool project from Argentinian artist, academic and veteran traveller Federico Winer called Ultradistancia. The artist takes Google Earth shots from around the world and transforms it into a stunning image of environments both built and natural.

Winer manipulates color of satellite images to create a psychedelic visualization. It combines a chaos of super highways with incredible abandon farmlands or cargo shipments. It shows familial places in a way that they are difficult to recognize.

Check it out. It couldn’t stop watching.

 

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Google bans community map edits after urinating robot prank

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Google Maps Maker is an OpenStreetMap-like tool for community updates in Google Maps. It has been initially launched so that users could map areas which Google could not access to add data to, like Vietnam, Pakistan or North Korea. The system worked in such a way that all edits had to be manually approved by Google’s employees. Apparently this system didn’t work well, at least not for objects which are not road networks.

Recently someone edited a forest in Pakistan in way that it show a giant Android robot peeing on the Apple logo. Actually it’s quite funny. The problem is that Google didn’t think so. Yesterday Google decided to temporarily shut down the service until it will figure out a way to control it in a better way. The blog post of Google Maps Maker team said:

We have been experiencing escalated attacks to spam Google Maps over the past few months. The most recent incident was particularly troubling and unfortunate – a strong user in our community chose to go and create a large-scale prank on the Map. As a consequence, we suspended auto-approval and user moderation across the globe, till we figured out ways to add more intelligent mechanisms to prevent such incidents.

Is it a lack of sense of humour or are they right to do that. What do you think?

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source: The Next Web

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