Building a Collective Digital World—Queen Anne Science Cafe

Tuesday, 3 May 2011 - 7:30pm
T.S. McHugh’s Click here for Map

What if you could create three-dimensional models of Yellowstone National Park or the Eiffel Tower from a bunch of vacation snapshots? The May Queen Anne Science Café will feature Microsoft’s Blaise Agüera y Arcas, who co-created Photosynth, software that does just that. Join us for a discussion on the challenging field of “computer vision” and how it may bring us a 3D collective representation of the world, crowdsourced by ordinary people like you and me using our digital cameras and phones.

Note: Blaise gave an awesome TED talk in 2007 about Photosynth that is still rated the “most jaw-dropping” on

Queen Anne Science Café is held on the first Tuesday of each month. Did you miss a café and want to hear the discussion? Most Science Cafés are recorded by KCTS 9 and are available for online viewing. Queen Anne Science Cafes take place at T.S. McHugh's and are presented in partnership with Pacific Science Center, Science on Tap and KCTS 9.