Re: Google Maps Lets Users Search For Loch Ness Monster
Well, Google certainly doesn't mess around; I'm posting this comment just after midnight, and I just noticed that the doodle on the front page has already been changed to something representing Earth Day. A whole project about Nessie that probably cost more than some companies' net worth, just for one day of air time on the site. Of course, it's all still accesible for posterity, and I did get a chance to check it out earlier. There's a cool 'making of' video along with the attached blog that explains how Mr. Shine came to research the Loch(s) over 40 years ago. He must be in a unique position to appreciate how amazing it is that modern technology makes easy research that would have been impossible back then. It says a lot about how far science has come.
The folks from Google are happy to play neutral party and advocate both sides, but obviously most of us here know that the Loch Ness monster doesn't really exist. What I didn't know was the full story behind how the infamous surgeon's photo was a hoax, and why it's originator supposedly set it up to fool a publication. That makes this an interesting case for how modern technology can connect us to our past and shed new light on all kinds of other urban myths or legends. I can explore the Loch in a lot of detail here, with a history lesson to go along with it - imagine a future where it also enables me to look through the churches and castles nearby. Imagine something like this to explore the pyramids of Egypt, or the haunted places of Salem. Imagine future integrations with other technologies like IoT layered on top. There's a lot to get excited about there.