By exploiting one of the beautiful moments where technology isn’t quite as elegant as it could be, Brooklyn-based Clement Valla finds Google Earth glitches that make bridge architects look like a bunch of fools. I can’t imagine the time it took to discover all of these, but they show what are supposed to be functioning bridges diving into canyons, rivers and onto roadways below.
The Google Earth mistakes are a result of the program not being able to interpret the depth and edges of bridges correctly. “It just happens to be sort of an edge condition,” says Valla. “That’s what I like about these. The computer’s doing exactly what it should be doing.”
Becuase Google is constantly updating its algorithms and three-dimensional data, these fun moments won’t exist forever, so get a good long laugh.