Life Imitates Google Earth (TG2009)

by on July 5, 2009 at 10:30 am

Traveling GeeksIn a stroke of Alice Through the Looking Glass, I arrived in London after an overnight flight, took the Heathrow Express (fast train – 15 minutes from the airpor to central London), then switched to the tube (subway) for a short ride to my hotel. (JD Lasica was with me.) Arriving at the Barbican tube stop, which is where we emerge to walk two blocks to the hotel, I stepped out onto the street. This was my reaction (see video below) – didn’t know which was real, the real or the Google Earth (Google Street View, actually). Kind of deja vu because everything looked entirely familiar to me after having gone around the block many times on Google Street View to try to determine the best walking route to the hotel. You can tell from my excitement that it was a real revelation to discover that I could “go to a place” in the virtual world, use the virtual world to make decisions about a route, and then have it actually play out properly in real life. Amazing!

One Response to “Life Imitates Google Earth (TG2009)”

  1. Micha Benoliel

    Jul 5th, 2009

    Hello Jim,
    You now have a virtual business card witch includes your location:
    http://schuyler.tel

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