An AI Accurately Guessed Race and Voting Patterns by Counting Cars on Google Street View

A robust, timely census is vital to democracy. Censuses sketch the changing face of a nation by charting both political and demographic shifts, including changes in wealth and neighbourhood transitions. Most crucially, they influence how resources and political power are doled out: in the US, cities use census data to set budgets and the Constitution mandates a national census to apportion congressional seats. But taking a census is both expensive and slow—the annual American Community Survey (ACS) represents data collected over a five-year period, creating one hell of a lag. A team of Stanford AI researchers believe we can use computer vision to speed up the process, a radical approach to a centuries-old practice. Read More >>

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You Can Now Tour The Houses Of Parliament From Your Sofa

If you've always fancied having a leisurely look around the corridors of power without having to change out of your pyjamas or, you know, move, you'll love parliament's new innovation. Read More >>

Google Street View Won’t Let Me Jump Inside This Volcano

Imagine my excitement when I saw the Google blog post about a new Street View adventure that took you inside of a volcano. I’ve always wanted to jump inside of a volcano! Then can you imagine my disappointment when I learned that the new Volcano View only lets you peer into the lava from the safety of the volcano’s rim. Very intense disappointment! Read More >>

Google Car Captures Guy’s Awful Day at Work for All Eternity

We’ve all had bad days at work, but most of us can just soldier through and move on. Unfortunately for a certain Joshua Justice, Google Street View will never let him forget one particularly terrible shift. Read More >>

Man Arrested for Attacking Google Headquarters With Molotov Cocktails

A 30-year-old man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly attacking Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, with Molotov cocktails. Read More >>

Climb Europe’s Highest Mountain From Your Bed With Google Street View

Google’s all-seeing cameras have seen a lot more than just the streets: scary mountains, underwater gardens and Venetian canals have all been visited before, and with the help of an elite team of mountaineers, Google can take you all around Mont Blanc, the 4,180-metre-high European mega mountain. Read More >>

In Case You Want To Prowl Around Japan From the Point of View of a Cat 

We have the technology, and the time is now: We can roam the myriad alleyways of Japan from a cat’s POV. Read More >>

Android is Finally Getting a Standalone Street View App

Street View has always been a separate file on your Android device (it even gets its own Play Store listing) but up until now, you got to it through the Maps app. Read More >>

Ever Wondered What It’s Like To Be a Google Mapper?

It seems like every week, Google drags its Street View cameras up another mountain (or across another monster-infested lake). The key to recording those inaccessible places? The Trekker, a custom-built 360-degree camera mated to a backpack, which turns mere humans into living, breathing Google data-capture machines. Read More >>

Now Google Street View Can Take You Deep Under The Oceans

To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th, Google has released a bunch of gorgeous new images of ocean life as part of its Street View feature in Maps. Now you can contemplate what it means, metaphorically, when your mapping app suggests that oceans are just as important as cities. Read More >>

Screw Cars, Meet the Google Street View Camel

Google Street View has taken us to the ends of the world and back. But now, its taking us where no Street View camera has taken us before: into the Arabian desert on the back of a 10-year-old camel, named Raffia. Read More >>

Google Street View is Blurring the Faces of Ancient Gods

Ever notice how all the faces are blurred in Google Street View photos? That happens thanks to a privacy-enabling robot. But it's not a perfect robot. The Google Street View robot not only blurs the faces of humans but also of statues, despite the fact that statues have no notion of privacy. Makes you think, doesn't it? Read More >>

Sounds of Street View Lets You Listen to Google Maps

When Google launched its Street View experiment in 2007, it was an ambitious plan. It promised to give us all a more familiar POV of the world rather than Google Maps' familiar bird's eye vantage point, and six years later we can travel to thousands of locales, scale Mount Everest or meander down Diagon Alley. Read More >>