Google has launched their re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps.
Google Earth director Rebecca Moore claimed: “This is our gift to the world” during letting the AFP view a new version of the program that allows users to range the planet on their PCs, smartphones or tablets.
“It’s a product that speaks to our deepest values around education and making information available to people.”
With help from partners from BBC Earth, NASA, The Jane Goodall Institute and even Sesame Street a new ‘Voyager’ allows users to explore the planet whilst listening to interactive stories.
Google’s own AI will also come into play in the form of ‘knowledge cards’ that allow people to gain more information about certain aspects of our planet.
“This is the first time we have done this deep integration with the Google Knowledge Graph,” Earth engineering manager Sean Askay said.
“Everything Google knows about the world, you can know about the world.”
A ‘Feeling Lucky’ is designed for people who want then software to find the hidden gems of earth and show them around.
You can even fly around earth if you so wish!
“Because we’re doing a lot of the computing in the cloud, it allows you to have Google Earth right on your phone, so you can literally carry the whole world in your pocket,” Earth product manager Gopal Shah told AFP at the New York launch.
“The new version of Google Earth is really about education, it’s really about immersing yourself in places you haven’t been before to get a little bit of an exposure,” he added.
New Earth has already been released on Google’s Chrome and Android software with an Apple version coming soon.