Google Goggles Application | Arts and Technology at Work

Click on the image above and check out Google’s new application, Google Goggles. The introductory video showcases Google’s new visual search application for Android phones. Basically, you can take a picture of ANYTHING and Google Goggles will provide the information you’re looking for. For example, don’t know the name of a landmark or a mysterious painting, say no more, you can launch your Google Goggles and it gives you all the info you need. It can even give you information from a business card. Pretty insane if you ask me. The video is a couple of minutes long (2:02 minutes to be exact). Yes, it can even translate text from a menu if you’re travelling and don’t know the language. Writing this makes me think of the work of Tim Roseborough, specifically, his latest work – Englyph. Imagine the information Google Goggles would retrieve for you based on this logographic system!! Technology is wild. I’m telling you!

Related to this topic, I have a post regarding Art Project by Google. Click here to view.

Feel free to tell me what you think of these applications and the future of social interaction, human memory, etc. So much to discuss. 🙂

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

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