Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Image from Google Earth that helped Saroo, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17693816

Saroo Brierley was five when he got onto the wrong train, ending up in Kolkatta. After wandering the streets of the big city, he was picked up by an orphanage who put him up for adoption. The Brierleys, a couple from Tasmania, Australia, adopted him. All this happened in 1986. Since he was illiterate at that time, he did not even know the name of his hometown. After several searches using Google Earth, which Saroo says made him feel like Superman, 25 years later Saroo found his hometown of Khandwa by calculating the time he spent on the train journey to Calcutta and estimating the distance between his hometown and Calcutta. A trip to Khandwa had him reunited with his mother, who could scarcely believe her luck.

It’s all very well for the leaders of the technology world to take the stage and claim that their products are changing the world; here’s an example of a product that is actually helping people come together. Technology can make a difference. It all depends on how we put technology to use.

There’s a sprinkling of fortune-telling and a sad note to this otherwise incredible story which BBC reports is generating interest amongst publishers and film producers. You can read it all at the source link below.

Via: The Verge

Source: BBC

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