Televiewer and WorldViews

Connecting the world through easy sharing of views.

The confluence of technologies such as telepresence, immersive imaging, model based virtual mirror worlds, mobile live streaming, etc. give rise to a capability for people anywhere to view and connect with present or past events nearly anywhere on earth. This capability properly belongs to a public commons, available as a birthright of all humans, and can been seen as part of an evolutionary transition supporting a global collective mind. We suggest how they can be better integrated through a tool we call TeleViewer and a framework called WorldViews, which supports easy sharing of views as well as connecting of providers and consumers of views all around the world. Televiewer and Worldviews are open source tools for people to “virtually explore” the earth, see other places and connect with other people. This integration is a further step in the evolution of human collective intelligence, particularly of our “perceptual” and “proprioception” whereby we see and share our views of what is happening in our world.

TeleViewer integrates sources through one tool allowing for discussion and bidirectional requests for views. TeleViewer is a prototype browser built upon Cesium, based on WebGL. Information layers corresponding to all kinds of visual stream and image views may be added or subscribed to, and appear in the browser, or as placed links. In one iteration, Televiewer shows a view of the whole world, with a set of layer choices on the left. These layers correspond to sources such as geotagged videos associated with various topics, drone videos, travel blogs, live sources such as periscope & meerkat, access to ShareCam apps, etc. There is also a layer corresponding to dynamic queries for geo tagged videos matching given keywords.

A key component of a good event streaming system, or of the overall ecosystem of various tools and people involved in live streaming, is a coordination mechanism for seeing what events are happening, which views are available, what views or information are requested, understanding where views are taken from, etc. Worldviews is the overall name for a framework that allows for this mechanism.

Within this project, we are exploring wider, humanistic questions rather than the purely technical. For example, is it really helpful to humanity to create this kind of system, or is it just the next level of distraction to come along? We believe it is of value to humanity not only as a crucial element of an emerging global collective mind, but also as a means to connect people around the world, and to promote shared understanding and solidarity as global citizens. We anticipate ever greater ease with which people will be able to see and understand other cultures, other parts of the world, and connect through what might be called virtual tourism. We believe the connections formed in this way, which in many cases will become “real life” friendships, will play a crucial role in creating a more beautiful world.

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2016
Publication Details
  • International Workshop on Interactive Content Consumption
  • Jun 22, 2016

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The confluence of technologies such as telepresence, immersive imaging, model based virtual mirror worlds, mobile live streaming, etc. give rise to a capability for people anywhere to view and connect with present or past events nearly anywhere on earth. This capability properly belongs to a public commons, available as a birthright of all humans, and can been seen as part of an evolutionary transition supporting a global collective mind. We describe examples and elements of this capability, and suggest how they can be better integrated through a tool we call TeleViewer and a framework called WorldViews, which supports easy sharing of views as well as connecting of providers and consumers of views all around the world.