Wednesday, August 09, 2006

global viewpoint

ome Dutch students have come up with the neat idea of Globe 4D, where animated films are projected onto a sphere, and visitors control the playback either by rotating the sphere to get a different viewpoint or by turning a disc around the middle to get a different point in time.

Their website shows the movement of continents over millions of years, but equally the data could reflect current weather patterns or predictions of future trends. I'd be interested in seeing the ebb and flow of empires and civilisations. That might help to remind us that we're not the pinnacle of anything on this planet - just a brief moment in constant flux.


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