Farmer DeMille, I'm NOT ready for my closeup! MOO turned to MYOB in Cambridge, UK when a browsing black & white bovine's buss was blurred by Google Street View's admittedly overzealous privacy-protection software.
The first of a series of three pastoral images captured by one of Google Street View's roving image-capturing vehicles inauspiciously features several cows grazing peacefully alongside the placid River Cam in Coe Fen.
In the next two images, however, the cow's head is blurry – a technique practiced by Google to preserve the privacy of people unintentionally snapped in the course of their daily lives.
It seems a bit of a stretch for Google's sophisticated face-blurring technology to lump a cud-chewing ruminant in with the bulk of humanity but hey – we've never been to Cambridge and for all we know, the region may have an obesity problem complicated by the overuse of chewing gum.
The images went viral recently when David Shariatmadari of The Guardian newspaper posted one of the blur-faced bovine images on Twitter, captioned “great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously”. At press time the post had racked up 13,832 likes and 10,525 retweets... or maybe that should be “re-moos”.
Kudos to Google for seeing the humor in the situation. “We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos,” punned a Google spokesman in response to Shariatmadari's tweet, “but it's clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous.” Ya think? “Of course, we don't begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame.” Thanks, Google, for making that clear, er, clearer. (via BBC)