Weaving images, metadata

Blaise Aguera y Arcas (and Microsoft Live Labs) knocked one out of the park at TED this year, demonstrating Seadragon and Photosynth, which seem likely to fundamentally shift how we organize and view visual imagery (including text).

If you're pressed for time, jump ahead to 3min 48 seconds, where he demos the seamless integration and spatial orientation of thousands of Flickr images of Notre Dame cathedral, including their associated metadata.

As Aguera y Arcas points out, the network externalities of this technology could integrate spatial and visual memories far beyond anything we've ever seen. Food for thought.

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