Masters of the Metaverse

Posted: March 20th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Photosynth is amazing. Among other things, it can scour through Creative Commons-licensed Flickr images and generate a composite 3D model of a site based on image tags, somehow triangulating the sites from which the photos were composed. I don’t know, I usually attribute things to algorithms when I don’t understand them. Anyway, now there is a real use for those obligatory tourist photos of famous destinations.

Photosynth’s “architect,” Blaise Aguera y Arcas, is the tightest computer nerd/physicist in the “metaverse.” I’m not sure if he coined that term, but all of this spatial talk about the infobahn is dizzying. Cyber-space, web-site, information superhighway. These geographical (and architectural) meta-metaphors are a bit of a stretch- they construct the internet as an existing physical entity. Still, there’s no doubt that the boundaries between cyberspace and physical space seem to be dissolving. Hyperreality is becoming a reality. Whoa dude.