Google+ The World 2 Come: Amazon's A9: We Index the Real World!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Amazon's A9: We Index the Real World!

"In short, Manber and co. (urged on by Jeff Bezos, who Manber says was 'very involved') strapped GPS-enabled digital video camera-cum-terabyte server rigs to the top of a bunch of SUVs, then drove them around the commercial areas of major US metropolitan areas, recording what then became composite still pictures of entire cities, one address at a time. A9 took more than 20 million images of 14 million+ businesses across ten cities (more are coming soon), then created a local search application they call Block View."

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Source: John Battelle's Searchblog

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, IMDB, Alexa, A9, Blue Origin...Can we connect the dots? Does Jeff Bezos want to index the real world? What's next?

Video:
Yellow Pages on A9.com

Audio:
Jeff Bezos - IT Conversations

Discuss:
A9 Search Engine Launches Yellow Pages - Slashdot

See also:
Amazon.com - Google News
Amazoncom News - Topix.net
A9 - Technorati
Amazon Web Services Blog
Seeking Better Web Searches - Scientific American
Web 2.0
Augmented reality - Wikipedia
VRlog

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