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Google Takes Street View To the Galapagos Islands

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the 1414-tortoise-way dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "In the early days, Street View must have been a relatively easy project for Google to execute, considering the financial resources and employees at its disposal: strap a set of high-tech cameras to a fleet of vehicles and drive the latter around urban areas all over the world, recording every inch for viewers' clicking-and-dragging pleasure. But there's only so much of the world accessible via well-paved roads (or close to gas stations, for that matter), which meant Google had to regress a bit: instead of cars, it began strapping all that fancy camera equipment to human beings, who are a little bit maneuverable over rough terrain and narrow dirt paths than a four-door sedan. Google sent its Street View cyborgs into the Grand Canyon, where they recorded the craggy pathways and steep cliffs. Then it sent them to some of the world's highest peaks. Now comes the next exotic locale: the Galapagos Islands, land of giant tortoises and other unique species, where Charles Darwin researched his famous theory of evolution. 'It's critical that we share images with the world of this place in order to continue to study and preserve the islands' unique biodiversity,' read a May 23 note on the Google Lat Long blog. 'Today we're honored to announce, in partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD), that we've collected panoramic imagery of the islands with the Street View Trekker.' That imagery will appear on Google Maps later in 2013. Nobody's asked the tortoises how they feel about it."

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I want to be a Street View Trecker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43807965)

Where do I sign up?

But, privacy? (5, Funny)

TimHunter (174406) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808007)

Will they blur the tortises' faces?

Re:But, privacy? (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808253)

Will they blur the tortises' faces?

Does it really matter? If it comes out later this year you can just go to where the picture was taken. The turtle should still be within 10 feet or so.

Re:But, privacy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43808811)

These tortoises are more photographed than the mutant spawn of William and Kate will be once it's born. Lonesome George was a celebrity before Charlie Chaplin...I'm sure he's used to it by now. And the tortoises I saw when I went to the Galapagos were hardly shy...two of them were going at it for nearly an hour in front of a crowd that had gathered and they didn't seem to care.

The bigger concern is that they might have a ton of uncensored booby [tqn.com] shots.

Re:But, privacy? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808995)

Lonesome George was a celebrity before Charlie Chaplin...I'm sure he's used to it by now.

Used? That should be the under-statement of the year... he's totally exhausted, given that he died in June 2012.

What I'm waiting for: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43808065)

Google street view of stoya's [stoyaxxx.com] crotch.

Re:What I'm waiting for: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43811125)

Men Are Mad About Stoya, usually in the penthouse apartments of high rising buildings as the old saying goes.

You all up in my carapace? (0)

martinQblank (1138267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808111)

If so, shit's gon go down man. Ya feel me?

Re:You all up in my carapace? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43808213)

If so, shit's gon go down man. Ya feel me?

I guess I have passed the test - I am old.

I have no fucking clue what the fuck you said.

Back in my day, we spoke fucking English! English - motherfucker! Fuck you!

Eng -fucking - glish!

None of this street - pseudo nigger for white trash people - wigger back in my daughter's day - speak - ING - fucking _GLISH! Got it BOY!

God dam! Can't any speak INglsih good anymore!

Fuck me.

Re:You all up in my carapace? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43808401)

In my day people weren't scared to voice their opinions face to face instead of hiding behind their computers.

Re:You all up in my carapace? (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808439)

People hide in FRONT of their computers

Re:You all up in my carapace? (1)

martinQblank (1138267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808813)

Seems to me that all depends on each persons relative lat/long.

Re:You all up in my carapace? (1)

martinQblank (1138267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808807)

>> Fuck me. Yes. Fuck you. Was nothing more than a joke crossing carapace (look it up) with grill (in street speak). Which you apparently are not "hep" enough to comprehend. What happened to a sense of humor? I ask this honestly - would "The Far Side" still be appreciated these days?

Re:You all up in my carapace? (1)

martinQblank (1138267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808831)

For the record - I am NOT comparing my stupid post to the brilliance of "The Far Side".

Poor tortoises (2)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808159)

Nobody's asked the tortoises how they feel about it."

I imagine they're feeling rather flat [blogspot.com] . How does Google take these 'street view' pics again?

Re:Poor tortoises (1)

lkernan (561783) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808767)

How does Google take these 'street view' pics again?

By walking around with a huge backpack in this case.

Re:Poor tortoises (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43809453)

My God, think of the tortoises splatted under the tank treads of the continuously shooting Google cyborg army.

re-captcha (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43808177)

will it now display a finch and you'll have to identify its niche?

Darwin would be upset (4, Funny)

BenSchuarmer (922752) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808237)

spent all those months on a ship travelling to the Galapagos, when he could have just googled it.

Too bad Google destroyed Manhattan!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43808263)

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/05/22/googles-new-3d-maps-destroy-manhattan-in-the-wake-of-apples-flyover

Re:Too bad Google destroyed Manhattan!!! (1)

pspahn (1175617) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808551)

OMG! Apple has been redeemed!

Everyone!!!! To the Apple Store!!!!

US not done yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43808381)

They still haven't finished the US. Has anyone wondered why so many upscale neighborhoods don't have any images available in streeview?

Re:US not done yet (1)

Gavagai80 (1275204) | about a year and a half ago | (#43810953)

You mean gated neighborhoods?

That said, street view still doesn't have the streets that 3 of my last 4 apartments have been on here in California a couple of hours from google headquarters. It's really only good for big cities or the major streets of smaller towns.

They (0)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#43808449)

They could automate this with a SHELL script.

Re:They (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43809345)

They could automate this with a SHELL script.

Not just a shell script, a csh script!

If I recall correctly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43809467)

If I recall correctly, they have already mapped Pitcairn Island (where the Bounty Mutineers landed and burned HMS Bounty, and many descendants are still named Christian after First Mate Fletcher Christian, who took charge after sending Captain Bligh overboard --in a small boat--). Its much further from civilization that the Galapagos Islands.

Re:If I recall correctly... (1)

canadiannomad (1745008) | about a year and a half ago | (#43811395)

I don't have to think too far back... I think one of the first things they'll see on the Galapagos with their human camera people is cars..... They'll wonder why they didn't just pop it on one of those... Distances aren't particularly walkable short in the galapagos.

One of the things I like about Google (4, Interesting)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | about a year and a half ago | (#43810185)

One of the things I like about Google is that they sometimes do stuff for the heck of it or sometimes to scratch a research itch. At most other companies the bean counters would have stepped in. Or a small project would be done to obtain a short term hype to make money. Not at Google, I don't expect the Galapagos will make them anything else than admiration. And as Google employs many, many people I highly respect, I suspect the stuff they make has a certain longevity about it.

Re:One of the things I like about Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43810323)

While I agree those projects are cool, you are not getting what google is actually doing here.

All those free things they do (maps, earth, their awesome workshops etc) is not "for the heck of it". Google discovered a hose that money flows out and now they do the smart things. They use a significant but still relatively small amount of that money to spread out, to discover new things, to invent new things. The reason they do this is not "for the heck of it" but because they are, in the very end, looking for more hoses that spew money.

Yes, stuff is cool and free. But google is investing in the future here. In a very, very cool way, I admit that. But don't fool yourself and assume all that cool stuff or to "scratch research itches" wasn't done for the sake hoping one of the projects will lead to new ways to create even more billions down the road and to ensure a higher dominance over existing or new markets (and projects not leading to that get cancelled once in a while).

Re:One of the things I like about Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43810465)

At most other companies the bean counters would have stepped in.

Yes, like stopping downloads from Google Code because it costs too much...

Google only do crazy things as part of a PR initiative. You've fallen for it.

Re:One of the things I like about Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43811051)

Ah the village idiot^w^w Microsoft shill shows up.

They stopped downloads for the same reason github stopped downloads. Nothing to do with money.

Re:One of the things I like about Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43811505)

Do you think they do this to be nice to you? They do it to collect data on you and you will soon see commercials for vacations on Galapagos in Google Ads. It also makes Google appear nice in the media with stories like this with "free" services.

On the other hand they do seem to do a lot to make their employees happy. A business trip to a Pacific island group would likely fit in.

I don't have anything against Google as such, I just don't trust strangers if they are nice to me and gives me free stuff without ever expecting anything in return. There is often a catch somewhere and custom tailored ads just for you is one of those catches, but certainly not a worst case scenario.

Re:One of the things I like about Google (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year and a half ago | (#43813105)

I don't like Google. I can't remember the last time they made a move I liked. But this one is good.

I suspect they do have a profit motive though. We just don't know what it is yet.

I suspect the stuff they make has a certain longevity about it.

Tell that to Google Reader users. And Google Code downloaders. And users of all the other projects they scrapped in the last few months.

Re:One of the things I like about Gorgle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43814461)

I don't like googoyle. Maybe they can take their spying cameras and wardriving partners, combine that with leaked medical records and come up with a view of everyone's colon and call it, Collectall Colonview. Maybe that will satisfy them.

In other news... (2)

FhnuZoag (875558) | about a year and a half ago | (#43810743)

GeoGuessr DLC announced?

Google Glass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43811207)

Maybe Google could use the endless stream of information that could theoretically be provided by Google Glass to crowdsource digitizing the planet. In the not-so-far future we will maybe get real-time (read as delayed by only a couple of hours that are needed for processing) streetview this way.

With so many streets *NOT* done yet... (1)

nurbles (801091) | about a year and a half ago | (#43811713)

...Google has apparently decided to abandon parts of the world they they find boring in favor of exotic locales.

For example, Google covered most of the primary and a few of the secondary roads in South-Eastern New England. Then they stopped. YEARS ago. I can see every back alley and dirt road in some parts of the world, but nothing except satellite views of places where I grew up (SE New England.) I know New England can be boring, but it is at least as much a part of Google's home country as San Francisco, so why is it so neglected in Google Street View?

I love the exotic locales in Street View, too, but sometimes I just want to show people what the places I grew up looked like.

Midway Atoll (2)

Wells2k (107114) | about a year and a half ago | (#43812005)

Folks should take a look at the streetview shots of the Midway Atoll. Ducks everywhere, and you get to see the old military installation that the US abandoned years ago.

Re:Midway Atoll (0)

Wells2k (107114) | about a year and a half ago | (#43812019)

I left out the link on purpose... get on Google Maps and search for it yourselves as a lesson in Geography!

Tortoise with Googlecam or Glass? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43822755)

Next step: mount a googlecam on a tortoise to capture his perspective. (Just picture it..)
Or fit him with Glass.

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