Archive for the ‘innovation’ Category

Google Map Maker

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I just read about this cool application from Google. The goal is to enable “[...] users everywhere to create rich, deep maps and fresh local data. People can mark their favorite spots in their cities and hometowns, add features such as roads, parks, and buildings, tag small businesses to help users find them, and collaborate to map neighborhoods of interest”.

While originally developed for countries like India, where infrastructure and local businesses are evolving at such a pace that good local maps are unavailable, it’s easy to see the potential such application may have, i.e., the creation of “[...] a new breed of local map experts who bring their passion for their neighborhoods and communities into the online world, adding to local commerce, tourism and investment”. Who will be the map experts? What knowledge will we share, with whom, and when? Very interesting …

Free book: The Future of Ideas

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

You can download The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig free here (local pdf) or buy a (real) paper copy of it here.