Google's Top Online Videos of 2006
Google have published a %3Ca%20href="http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2006/12/google-research-picks-for-videos-of.html">rather googletastic list of Google Research's top online videos for 2006. What I like best about this list is, firstly, that this isn't a popularity contest, secondly, their top pick is the video of an event that is way up on my list of favourite reporting experiences, the DARPA challenge. The DARPA challenge was a race for robot cars around a Mojave desert track. Still up online is a %3Ca%20href="http://pocketplanetradio.typepad.com/pocket_planet_radio/2005/10/darpa_grand_cha_1.html">podcast I recorded of that event including interviews with competitors who didn't win, but whose machines were just as incredible. Often overlooked in reports is what a great showcase for homebrew tech DARPA was; many of the competing teams were independents, punching at the same weight as the big-boys. Other items on Google's list included speeches by Jane Goodall, and this interview about How to Survive a Robot Uprising:
In spite of all the hype around online video the navigation of content on sites like YouTube is primitive compared to what's available for audio. It was great to see %3Ca%20href="http://www.podzinger.com/">Podzinger bring out a search for YouTube. You can now select clips by what is actually _said_ in the video, a real advance over what was previously available. It's tools like this that enable us to bring the kind of folksonomic and taxonomic searches that have powered sites like Last FM and Pandora that will really help online video grow into the primary way in which people watch TV. At the moment we rely upon hard working souls like %3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="http://www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight/">Terry Teachout to select videos along more narrowly defined interests than "Comedy" and sort the wheat from the mountains of chaff thrown up by simple searches.