TEDGlobal2010


Session 2: Human Systems
Tues Jul 13, 2010 4:45 – 6:30

“Chris Wild believes that by changing the way we think of time, we can open up its creative possibilities. He calls himself a “retronaut”, which he defines as “someone who goes back in time using just perception”. To this end, he has built a virtual time-machine. It’s called the Retroscope, a piece of software that uses millions of historic images, drawings, engravings and films, overlaid on maps or organized into 3D models, to create a map of England (and, in due course, the world) so that we can look at any place, and scroll back in time, seeing that place change over time. The Retroscope is due to launch later this year. Photos come from museums and other collections, but individuals will also be able to contribute their own.”