Cameras, Cameras Everywhere, What's the Limit?

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Cameras, Cameras Everywhere, What's the Limit?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:54 am

http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2 ... ars-clouds

Researchers from Georgia Tech have devised methods to take real-time, real-world information and layer it onto Google Earth, adding dynamic information to the previously sterile Googlescape.

They use live video feeds (sometimes from many angles) to find the position and motion of various objects, which they then combine with behavioral simulations to produce real-time animations for Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth




Cameras everywhere, in cell phones, on tops of poles, in space, even in the pimps attire. :D With the technology being described above they don't even need a lot of them. So where do we draw the line and even more importantly with private business exploiting this more and more how do we control that?

Let me give you brief example of one reason as to why this is bad situation. On Google street maps not only can you see my house but you can peer over my 6 foot high fence into my back yard because the fence is so close to the road and the camera is mounted so high on the vehicle. For that matter you can see my neighbors backyard as well which doesn't even abut any streets. If someone wanted to take that information and combine it with the very detailed satellite view they wouldn't even have to come here to find out what would be the best way to burglarize my house as it shows all the entry and exit points, windows, doors, fences and everything else you could imagine. They could just sit in front of their computer.

There's has to be line here somewhere when privacy is more important than the public interest or the extent to which business can exploit people's privacy for their own interests. I think we have already crossed that line and it's only going to get worse.
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Re: Cameras, Cameras Everywhere, What's the Limit?

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:42 am

I think the limit is the camera can go where an individual is legally allowed to go. If they drive on private roads (up your driveway), then that's a problem. I know some people on the street view team at google, I can ask them (although they're engineers and may not know).
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Re: Cameras, Cameras Everywhere, What's the Limit?

PostBy: ken On: Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:47 am

Never really thought Google was that great. Would be kinda nice to check traffic and maybe help on car accidents. If you try Microsoft Live Search , it's far better. Use the birds eye view. Get a dog and a gun Richard.
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Re: Cameras, Cameras Everywhere, What's the Limit?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:06 pm

ErikLaurence wrote:If they drive on private roads (up your driveway), then that's a problem.


They've done that though. Google employees running those vehicles have actually gone to a few places they were not supposed to be. The one that stands out I'm aware of is where they entered a lengthy private drive clearly marked private drive and drove all the way up it and took pictures of the house. The house was not visible from the street and it was quite clear from the images they took it was private property.

ken wrote:Get a dog and a gun Richard.


Have them,the dog may is trained man eater that beat the thief into submission with her tail. :P
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Re: Cameras, Cameras Everywhere, What's the Limit?

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:40 pm

Richard S. wrote:
ErikLaurence wrote:If they drive on private roads (up your driveway), then that's a problem.


They've done that though. Google employees running those vehicles have actually gone to a few places they were not supposed to be. The one that stands out I'm aware of is where they entered a lengthy private drive clearly marked private drive and drove all the way up it and took pictures of the house. The house was not visible from the street and it was quite clear from the images they took it was private property.


If they do something illegal you can get the images removed

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/e ... 5bf0&hl=en

FWIW, I am almost certain that Google hires out subcontractors to do this work. These are unlikely to be Google employees.
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