Sandy Carroll Great concept!

This one got me thinking... Google Universe potential. I can imagine using Google Mars as a 'settlement' planning tool..

Posted: 21 March 2007 at 00:00

Michael Ricks Rooftop Goldmine?

A few savvy entrepreneurs have begun renting rooftops and using them as advertising space. Google Earth viewers are beginning to see these ads. Google will no doubt soon "take over the space" by superimposing paid advertising on rooftops as viewed on Google Earth. Want your own name and slogan on your rooftop? Pay Google. Otherwise, a competitor may be advertising on your rooftop. Paint it as you will, Google advertising is what everyone will see.
Posted: 8 April 2007 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke A thought...

Imagine if you combined Google Earth with SecondLife - you could really have worm holes between alternate realities!
Posted: 6 April 2007 at 00:00

Doug Vining A thought...

Indeed. If an innovative software programmer created 'Wirmz' that uses your existing avatar in Second Life and teleports you to 'real' places in Google Earth you could certainly experience parallel universes first hand. I'm sure there's an online treasure hunt or detective story in this concept too!
Posted: 11 April 2007 at 08:13

Andrew October The appeal of Web 2.0

While many earlier projects requiring user involvement were less than successful just months ago, many more are now booming and bursting with user generated content. To give you an idea of the potential Web 2.0 hold for an application/service like Google Earth, simply look to (my space is and see how this application is truly changing GE... and boosting tourism for many places.
Posted: 12 April 2007 at 09:35

Doug Vining RE: The appeal of Web 2.0

Hi Andrew, this is a great example of the creative use of the platform I was referring to, and I'm sure there will be others.
Posted: 12 April 2007 at 11:49

Doug Vining Google Earth Interactive?

Could a secret interactive version of Google Earth really be responsible for global disasters? Watch this YouTube video and decide for yourself! (humour)
Posted: 13 April 2007 at 11:04

Steve Sidley Google Earth Monopoly

Raises all sorts of interesting questions about who owns virtual space. If Google maintains control of a de- facto virtual earth, and that virtual earth attracts denizens, advertising and commerce, the spectre of a truly massive commerical monolopy looms.
Posted: 17 April 2007 at 09:45

Doug Vining RE: Google Earth Monopoly

Virtual worlds opened up to all

A free tool that allows anyone to create a virtual world has been launched.

Users of Metaplace, as it is known, can build 3D online worlds for PCs or even a mobile phone without any knowledge of complex computer languages.
Posted: 19 September 2007 at 15:41

Doug Vining Real Money in the Virtual World

In Australia today, Paul Twomey, CEO of ICANN declared that virtual worlds are the future of global commerce. Today's New York Times reports how a "virtual" fashion world is taking shape in Second Life.
- posted 10 September by Andy Plesser, with interview...
Posted: 19 September 2007 at 15:50

Doug Vining Google Street View

The Google Street View car causes a stir in Rome
09 May 2008, 16:52:13 | Bernhard Warner

For many Romans, these are jittery times. For the first time in a generation, the mayor of the Eternal City, once a left-wing stronghold, is on the political right. Gianni Alemanno, a former neo-Fascist, swept to power late last month on a tough-on-crime platform that included bulldozing encampments of Roma people, expelling supposedly violent foreigners and installing London-like surveillance cameras around town.

So a group of Romans can be forgiven on Wednesday afternoon for assuming the worst when a black car sporting a massive, rotating video camera, slowly drove down Viale Trastevere, a busy thoroughfare, filming everybody in sight. On cue, pedestrians shuffled off the street and into bars, out of sight of the offending vehicle, no doubt wondering if these are the new intrusions that must be endured after a sudden shift to the right.

Your correspondent managed to snake through a queue of cars at a traffic light to get a better look at the vehicle that upset so many mid-afternoon espressos. A new type of video surveillance vehicle aiming to capture random Romans on a sunny afternoon? Nope.

It was the seemingly more benign Google Maps vehicle.
Posted: 20 June 2008 at 14:20

Doug Vining Google supports virtual worlds

Google on Tuesday rolled out a challenge to virtual world giant Second Life with free software that lets people create their own online 3D worlds that can be embedded on websites and melded with other online functions.
Posted: 9 July 2008 at 09:00

Doug Vining Matrix-style virtual worlds 'a few years away'

Are supercomputers on the verge of creating Matrix-style simulated realities? Michael McGuigan at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, thinks so. He says that virtual worlds realistic enough to be mistaken for the real thing are just a few years away.
Posted: 1 July 2009 at 20:28

Doug Vining Escape the crisis, go V-shopping

If you'd like to take your mind off the current economic woes, pick up your iPad and head over to a luxury boutique, where you can browse all the elegant products, modelled for you by glamorous people. Without leaving the office.

It sounded like fantasy when we published this MindBullet back in 2007, but it's already happening - virtual shopping with style!
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Posted: 7 September 2011 at 10:54

Doug Vining Escape the crisis, go V-shopping

The MindBullet "VIRTUAL REALITY GEARS UP E-COMMERCE BOOM" is even closer to the timeline and concept:
Posted: 7 September 2011 at 10:59

Doug Vining The real future of Google Earth

As we speculated in our MindBullets eight years ago, the real potential of Google Earth lies in the ability to access it via virtual reality interfaces. Then it becomes a digital representation of the real world, letting you visit real places from your desktop or lounge.

And once you're there, of course you'll want to buy some curios, or perhaps just shop for local specialities. That could be the next boom for e-commerce.
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Posted: 1 July 2015 at 10:15

Doug Vining Virtual economies get real

Nine years ago, we wrote about an interface where you could fly around the world virtually, enter virtual copies of real-world stores, and buy goods. Well, it's finally happening. Alibaba is trialling a VR payment system. Who says we futurists can't think ahead of the game?
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Posted: 11 August 2016 at 14:42
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