New website offers free LIVE look into the lives of exotic and ordinary people
What do monks in Ireland, craftsmen in Borneo, women washing clothes in France, Polish veterinarians, Japanese kindergarteners and truckers in the U.S. all have in common?
They’re all featured in LIVE streaming video on a new website sponsored by Friends Beyond Borders, an organisation which seeks to link people everywhere through internet technology.
The site’s founders found themselves intrigued by the explosion of webcams worldwide, and the latest technological improvements which make live streaming video available even in hostile environments like the Arctic and Papua New Guinea.
Until the birth of this website, webcams have generally been devoted to two things: porn, and teenagers seeing each others’ faces while chatting online. Why not, thought Friends Beyond Borders, use the technology to display things that are hardly ever seen by anyone, even the most experienced tourist? Why not publicize worthy projects, age-old lifestyles, new art forms, and tribal cultures on the verge of extinction?
They drew up a list: artisans in India and Africa engaging in centuries-old art forms; monks in monasteries chanting and praying, farmers pursuing sustainable agriculture, musicians in the midst of recording, interesting research experiments that lend themselves to live video, astronauts working inside the International Space Station, and so on.
You can see the preliminary results at http://worldbrainsite.googlepages.com.
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