09 June 2009

Wave of the future

Google is starting to talk about its next major innovation in communication, something called Google Wave. It is an open system that allows messages to be developed for communication, in a collaborative, multimedia environment - maybe somewhere between email, texting and blogging. It even has gaming potential and mobile tech applications. Like other technologies (think about blogging), the initial description sounds a little empty. Like other innovations, it will still need both the tech push and the social pull, if it is going to succeed. Will this click or flop?

Did I mention that this is from the brothers that developed Google Maps? Their video shows clearly (at around the 53 minute mark) how you can collaboratively manipulate Google Maps in this environment. What is left for the GIScientist?

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