突然发现Google Earth Pro一个感人的细节

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今天在找Google Earth Pro检查更新的地方,点开关于Google地球,发现了一个让人感觉到温暖的地方,就是在关于页面一直拉到最后,会有一个缅怀对Google Earth Pro做出卓越贡献的人 Michael T.Jones,可以让我们足不出户,也能在Google Earth Pro上看到世界各地,感谢

迈克尔-琼斯,谷歌地球的创始人,于1月18日去世。这是对这位将地图的力量交到我们手中的人的致敬。

 

我们都有一个故事。我们的生活中充满了个人的胜利和失败,进化和转变。而在某些情况下,他们带来的发明和创新,以及他们留给更大社会的持久影响。

迈克尔-琼斯于1月18日离开了我们,留下了辉煌的事业和他给现代社会的礼物--我们手中的地图的力量。

我们几乎所有人都知道谷歌地球。但不是每个人都知道它背后的人--迈克尔-T-琼斯。或者知道他的工作的巨大影响--不仅对地理空间和制图行业,而且对整个社会。这个人将地图民主化和个性化,并在此过程中使其从古老的地球静态画像发展为关于人们在地球上生活的动态和互动对话。

我第一次见到迈克尔-琼斯是在2012年的一次会议上。对于一个刚刚偶然进入地理空间领域的中年记者来说(他发现这比微积分入门还要难掌握),迈克尔就像一股新鲜空气。在会议上的一次讲话,以及随后的采访,为我打开了隐藏的、神奇的地图世界,几乎就像一个经验丰富的巫师的魔杖所敲击的那样。这种感觉就像10岁的哈利波特第一次踏入对角巷一样,除了震惊之外,什么都没有。(谢谢你,迈克尔)。)

多年来,我有幸多次与这位伟人会面和交流,每次的收获都是新的东西。每次都有新的收获,而且都有一种被震撼的感觉。

我最后一次见到他是在蒙特雷的GeoBuiz峰会上,正好是一年前。他看起来有点儿不舒服。他的活力和兴奋依然存在,他用他的 "闪电式谈话"(应大众要求,15分钟的谈话延长到近40分钟)把听众迷住了。但是,强有力的声音是颤抖的,这个大个子似乎已经喘不过气来。在讲座后的采访中,他看起来更加疲惫,但他再次激情澎湃地讲述了最接近他内心的主题--技术的个性化。

另请阅读:技术的个性化创造了新的市场。迈克尔-琼斯

个性化的地图
言语无法描述迈克尔-琼斯在地图民主化和个性化方面的工作的贡献和影响。他不仅在2000年推出了Keyhole--谷歌地球的原始版本,正如他在与《地理空间世界》的谈话中所说的那样,是非常偶然的,而且在谷歌被IT巨头收购后,他作为谷歌的首席技术倡导者,多年来一直致力于改进它。

当他在十多年后离开谷歌时,谷歌地球已经发展成了像琼斯所说的那样,约翰逊博士的《英语词典》。"他在2013年接受《大西洋》杂志采访时说:"这是一部通用的参考书,反映了大量的劳动和巨大的开支,每个人都可以依赖。

而他是正确的。今天,地图已经成为一种个人物品,就像牙刷一样必不可少。它们不仅涉及地理,还涉及餐馆、公园、商店...... "今天,是人们,而不是制图员在问问题。地图现在是互动的,用户也是地图的创造者,"琼斯在同年的一次采访中曾告诉我们。

另请参阅:迈克尔-琼斯说,今天是人们,而不是制图师在绘制地图。

一个书呆子的孤独童年
许多人不知道的是,一个没有朋友的孤独的孩子--被一对老夫妇收养--是如何在很小的时候就把他的好奇心和精力引导到更好的事情上。

"我的父母没有自己的孩子,而且比我班上的其他父母要老。我父母的所有朋友在高中时已经有了孩子,他们不想和我一起玩,因为我不够有趣。"他在2010年的《第一人称》中与我们分享了这一点。

当琼斯读四年级时,他决定学习计算机知识。他向父母和他们的朋友要来了旧的电脑杂志,并在图书馆里梳理书籍。"我在10岁时学会了简单的编程。从那时起,我就一直在编程。

当他七年级的时候,他已经作为顾问进行编程并赚取收入。而到了高中,他的收入足以 "活得很好"。到了大学,他比大多数人知道得更多,计算机课变得 "无法忍受"。于是,他辞职了,去为计算机科学系的主任工作,他也经营着一家公司。

在某种程度上,关于谷歌地球最流行的故事也是围绕着一个孤儿Saroo Brierley展开的,这具有象征意义。被一对澳大利亚夫妇收养的布赖尔利利用谷歌地球的力量追溯到他在印度的家,这个故事在德夫-帕特尔主演的奥斯卡提名电影《狮子》中得到了体现。

另请阅读:与迈克尔-琼斯的第一人称对话--未来比现在更真实

第一个谷歌地球
琼斯经常说这一切都始于 "意外",当时他在一家名为Silicon Graphic的计算机硬件公司工作。

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原文:

We all have a story. Our lives are replete with our personal triumphs and failures, evolution and transformation. And in some cases, the inventions and innovations they bring in, and the lasting impact they leave on the larger society.

Michael Jones left us on January 18, leaving behind an illustrious career and his gift to the modern society – the power of maps in our hands.  

Almost all of us know Google Earth. But not everyone among us know the man behind it — Michael T. Jones. Or know about the sheer impact of his work — not only on the geospatial and mapping industry, but on the society at large. The man who democratized and personalized the map, and in the process made it evolve from the age-old static portrait of the Earth, to a dynamic and interactive conversation about people’s lives on Earth.

I first met Michael Jones in 2012 at a conference. For a mid-career journalist who had just forayed into geospatial by chance (and was finding it tougher to grasp than introductory calculus), Michael came as a breath of fresh air. One address at the conference, and the subsequent interview opened up for me the hidden, magical world of maps, almost like the tap of the wand of a seasoned wizard. It was a feeling of nothing but being awestruck, much like the 10-year-old Harry Potter setting his foot into Diagon Alley for the first time! (Thank you, Michael).

Over the years, I have had the good fortune of meeting and interacting with the great man many a time, and every time the takeaway has been something new. And the same underlining feeling of being awestruck.

I met him last at GeoBuiz Summit in Monterey exactly a year back. He looked somewhat under the weather. The energy and excitement was still there, as he held the audience spell-bound with his “lightening talk” (the 15-minute talk extended to almost 40 on popular demand). But the powerful voice was shaky, and the big man seemed to run out of breath. He looked more tired during the post-lecture interview, but once again spoke passionately about the subject closest to his heart – personalization of technologies.  

ALSO READ: Personalization of technologies creating new markets: Michael Jones 

Personalizing the map

Words can’t describe the contribution and impact of Michael Jones’s work on democratizing and personalizing maps. He is to be credited for not only launching Keyhole in 2000 — the original version of Google Earth, quite accidentally as he put it in a conversation with Geospatial World — but also for his years of work on improving on it as the Chief Technology Advocate of Google after its acquisition by the IT giant.

By the time he left Google after more than a decade, Google Earth had evolved to become much like as Jones called it, Dr Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language. “It’s the creation of a universal reference work, reflecting a lot of labor and great expense, that everybody can rely on,” he said in an interview to Atlantic in 2013.

And he was correct. Today, maps have become a personal thing, as essential as a toothbrush. They are not only about geography but also about restaurants, parks, shops… “Today, it’s the people, and not the cartographer, asking the questions. Maps are interactive now, and users are also creators of maps,” Jones had told us in an interview the same year.

ALSO READ: It’s the people, not the cartographer drawing the maps today, says Michael Jones

A nerdy, lonely childhood

What many don’t know is how a lonely child with no friends – adopted by an elderly couple – channelized his curiosity and energy to better things at a very early age.

“My parents had no children of their own and were older than other parents in my class. All my parents’ friends already had children in high school and they didn’t want to play with me because I was not interesting enough,” he had shared us with in a First Person take in 2010.

When Jones was in Grade 4, he decided to learn about computers. He asked his parents and their friends for old computer magazines, and combed through books in the library. “I learned simple programming when I was 10. I have been programming ever since.”

By the time he was in Grade 7, he was programming as a consultant and earning. And by high school, he was earning well enough to “live pretty well”. By college, he knew more than most people and the computer class became “intolerable”. So, he quit and went to work for the head of the computer science department who also ran a company.

In a way, it is symbolic that the most popular story about Google Earth also revolves around an orphan Saroo Brierley. Brierley, adopted by an Australian couple, used the power of Google Earth to trace his home back in India, a story captured in the Dev Patel-starrer Oscar-nominated movie Lion.

ALSO READ: First Person With Michael Jones — Future is more real than present

The first Google Earth

Jones often said it all began “by accident” when he was working at a computer hardware company called Silicon Graphics (SGI). He had actually developed something called Clip Mapping that revolutionized SGI’s 3D graphics offering. Soon, Jones and his colleagues began to see the potential of their invention and this is when they formed a new company called Intrinsic Graphics focusing on developing high-quality 3D graphics for personal computers and video games.

In October 1999, Chris Tanner, one of the founders of Intrinsic Graphics and a former SGI engineer, further developed on the Click Mapping concept by designing a software version of the feature that allowed a user to “fly” within a 3D visualization of Earth.

The innovation was path-breaking and the experience thrilling, but running the software required expensive and highly specialized hardware – anything around $250,000. And the team wanted to commercialize it. So, in 2000, Keyhole was spun out of Intrinsic Graphics, and in early 2001 it raised its first round of funding from NVIDIA and Sony Digital Media Ventures.

EarthViewer 1.0

On came Keyhole’s first product — EarthViewer 1.0 – which could be called the true precursor to Google Earth. It used public data gathered from the Landsat and IKONOS archives, and aerial photos of major US cities to build a complete digital Earth. This was an instant hit with the commercial real estate and travel industries.

Widespread commercialization became Keyhole’s mission, but finances were still a major hurdle. Imagery procurement and powerful data infrastructure for storage don’t come cheap, and definitely beyond Keyhole’s means back in those days.

The Google offer came in 2004, and the team decided to be sold to realize its dream – continuing the innovation on what they had started. As part of the terms of the acquisition, the Keyhole team maintained its control of the program, and Jones and his teammates joined Google.

What followed is history

“We’ve worked to invent the most comprehensive, authoritative, useful mapping solutions that humans can build, and I think we’ve been pretty successful at that,” Jones said in The Atlantic interview.

He spent more than a decade in senior leadership roles at Google as CTO of Google Maps, Google Earth, and Local Search, before hanging up his boots to join Space technology venture capital firm Seraphim Capital as Managing Partner. In 2017, he joined Niantic, a leading augmented reality firm, the creators of Pokemon Go. He continued to serve on various boards, advise governments, and speak widely on technology and the future.

In June 2020, the Royal Geographical Society recognized Jones with the 2020 Patron’s Medal for his contribution to the development of geospatial information.

Goodbye, Michael

One doesn’t have to know Michael Jones to know about the impact of his work on the modern society. And those of us who knew Michael Jones know that it’s the efforts, and not the accomplishments, that mattered to him most. He seemed to be a man with a mission.

From difficult beginnings as a curious little child, to a software engineer with patents under his belt at a very young age, through his role as Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, Michael Jones redefined many boundaries. In the words of Royal Geographical Society President Baroness Lynda Chalker,  “His inspiring career trajectory is charted by his vision to redefine mapping from static lines and symbols to an interactive geographical web of context and information”.

Indeed.

Goodbye, Michael. And once again, thank you!


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