Here’s A Map Of The World’s Internet Cats

Owen Mundy, who teaches at Florida State University, published an amazing project called “I Know Where Your Cat Lives,” that digitally maps 1 million of the roughly 15 million cat pictures on public image hosting sites using data that the cats’ humans made available. Users can browse the map for cute kitty photos all over the world, which is a whole lot of fun until it sinks in that we (and thus, countless potential creepers) really can pinpoint exactly where all of these cats and their families live. To put the project together, Mundy searched for images with a “cat” tag on them, ran the photos through algorithms, and located the cats through the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in the photos’ data. The project makes a pretty scary statement about how much information we share about ourselves online without thinking twice. I would say that this encouraged me to stop posting cat pictures to keep my privacy a little safer, but let’s be honest, I’ll probably never stop. If you want to keep the kitty creepiness going, the map has a Kickstarter page to help raise funds to keep up with costs. [The Atlantic]