Creativity 50 2010: Blaise Ag├╝era y Arcas

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Imagine Google Street View overlaid with an entire internet's worth of geo-tagged Flickr photos, or an on-the-ground map that takes you inside to look up, down and around public places. That's what Blaise Ag├╝era y Arcas is realizing for Microsoft as the mastermind behind Bing Maps. Mr. Ag├╝era y Arcas joined Microsoft in 2006 and is also co-creator of Photosynth, software that stitches individual photos together into 360-degree panoramas. Now as architect of Bing Maps, he hopes to take web maps far beyond a tool for driving directions. His team is trying to use geography to display all manner of information, like tweets in your area plotted on a map or the nearest instance of graffiti. In fact, Mr. Ag├╝era y Arcas doesn't necessarily think "mapping" is even the right word for what his team is doing. "It's a way of extending your senses so you can see yourself from the air, see your environment and what's around the corner."

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