Google Street View Accidentally Made an Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs

House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts—like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 percent accuracy. Take that, human. » 4/16/14 6:40pm 4/16/14 6:40pm

These Dream Worlds Are Made From Boring Google Street View Scenes

The wide-angle perspectives of Google Street View are almost instantly recognizable these days, but Aaron Hobson turns the imagery captured by the roving cameras into exotic worlds that look anything but familiar. » 3/18/14 10:22am 3/18/14 10:22am

Google Street View Uses an Insane Neural Network To ID House Numbers

Google Street View is brilliant. It finds us when we're lost, it shows us where we are, it reveals places we'll never get to visit, and so on and so forth. But you know what's even more amazing? The crazy neural network that Street View is built on. » 1/12/14 7:31pm 1/12/14 7:31pm

Meet the Wildlife Inadvertently Captured By Google's Street View Cameras

As part of National Geographic's new Great Nature project, the magazine has collected more than 100,000 photographs that capture the world's biodiversity—and some of them hail from very unusual sources. Case in point: An album "curated" by Google Maps, which collects wildlife accidentally captured by Google Street View. » 9/27/13 11:00am 9/27/13 11:00am

You Can Now Explore the Galapagos Islands With Google Street View

The Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, and it was key in Charles Darwin's findings in forming the the scientific argument of evolution. You may never get to travel to the volcanic archipelago in person, but now thanks to Google, you can explore it through 360-degree imagery on Street View. » 9/12/13 10:22am 9/12/13 10:22am

Unbelievable Google Street View Captures a Space Shuttle Flyover

When Google's army of Street View vehicles takes to the streets, there's no telling what those wandering eyes will see. Still it's hard to believe that a Google Street View camera captured a space shuttle flying over the New Jersey Turnpike towards New York City. » 8/28/13 6:28pm 8/28/13 6:28pm

Whoa, Did Google Maps Just Reveal a Bloody Gruesome Murder?

Google Maps, the all seeing eye that can find naked pranksters, possible donkey hit and runs and other more serious crimes, may have just stumbled upon a bloody crime scene. The image shows what looks to be two people dragging a corpse and leaving a bloody trail on a pier. » 4/16/13 8:00pm 4/16/13 8:00pm