Google opens website for Japanese to remember towns lost in the recent earthquakeBy TeamVR on May 19, 2011 1:07 pm@vrzone
Google's informal corporate motto of "Don't be evil" may have been mocked by many in the industry, but there can be no denying that the search giant has been known to do the right things for its consumer base most of the time, barring a few isolated exceptions. That being said, it seems that Google has taken its "Don't be evil" motto to the next level…by launching a new website that is aimed at helping the Japanese to remember the towns that they have lost as a result of the recent earthquake that levelled much of northern Japan.
It is always said that memories are as timeless as the universe itself, but there will always be times that people will wish that they had some physical memento to hold on to as proof that they had indeed gone through certain experiences in life. After all, memories can only be timeless if they are actually remembered, and suffice to say humans today are probably one of the most forgetful species on Earth, having have to rely on both physical and digital tools to assist in the recollection of various life experiences.
Apparently, Google is all too aware of the situation, and has since moved to ensure that the towns that were deemed lost in the recent earthquake that leveled much of northern Japan does not fade into folklore and obscurity any time soon. To that end, the search giant has launched a new website known as "Mirai-e-no-kioku", which aims to preserve the memories most Japanese have of the aforementioned towns before they were lost to Mother Nature's wrath. Quite fittingly, "Mirai-e-no-kioku", when translated, describes the cherishing of memories for the future.
In order to do so, Google is actively seeking the contributions of both photographs and video footage shot in the various quake-devastated areas from the public. The files collected by Google will then be made available for public viewing. In addition, Google will reportedly archive the contributions in its data centre to ensure that the the memories of those areas will never be forgotten for a long time to come.
Lastly, Asahi.com claims that Google has also received requests for the long-term archival of data of the area that was collected by Google's Street View vehicles and satellites before the quake struck, and that an official for Google has reportedly claimed that the company is indeed considering the storage of aforementioned information in its servers "for as long as possible".
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