Calling it “the next generation of realism” Google on Monday introduced the latest version of Google Earth, promising more seamless interactivity with Mother Earth and some unusual new features.
“In Google Earth 6, we’re taking realism in the virtual globe to the next level with a truly integrated Street View experience — and 3-D trees,” explained Google product manager Peter Birch on the company’s official blog. “We’ve also made it even easier to browse historical imagery.”
Though “all great new advances look like magic when they’re first released,” Brooklyn Law School Internet and telecommunications law professor Jonathan Askin told TechNewsWorld, “Google Earth 6 is indeed world-shaking, and disrupts a lot of traditional thinking about how we view the world.”
Part of that thinking involves paradigms about privacy and law enforcement, Askin explained.
“Google Earth 6 will be met with concerns, some logically justified,” he said. “Concerns include potential encroachment on individual privacy, and potential law enforcement and security risks that ensue by placing such powerful tools in the hands of all individuals, including those with nefarious intentions.”
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