Well, I basically just wasted my entire night playing with this program. If you have a Windows computer I really recommend playing with it for the week trial, all it asks for is your e-mail, and Google recently bought them, so hopefully they’re not too evil.

The program (Keyhole) is basically a big clickable zoomable map of the entire world, which streams information from the internet (so it loads as you go) about whatever you happen to be looking at, including borders, cities, and street names, altitude, latitude and longitude. For quite a few north american, and a few famous ones in the rest of the world, you can actually zoom in far enough to see individual people and cars! It’s extremely cool. Besides trying to find your house (which my roommates could), other fun things to zoom in and/or try to find: the Coliseum in Rome, Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and probably a lot more.

Anyways, it really is very cool, and if you happen to have a semi-decent windows computer, you should certainly check it out here.

2 Responses to “Keyhole”

  1. jennifer says:

    This is INSANE! How is that even possible? It’s a little bit freakish if you ask me! When does the point of privacy invasion kick in? Is it possible that the technology already exists that would allow images of people inside their homes or other buildings to be produced? What about private walks in the woods or romantic nights on the beach… it may not be just the two of you anymore!

  2. Bright Ideas says:

    All those romantic songs will have to be re-written now to include “we”, meaning the rest of
    the world is walking with both the guy and gal on a moonlit beach, etc. All the world’s
    really and literally a stage now and is the tool to watch it! 🙂