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Google launches project to provide VR tours of endangered historic sites

In 2001, Ben Kacyra watched helplessly as television reports documented the Taliban’s destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the historic 4th- and 5th-century monuments in Afghanistan. The knowledge that no detailed documentation of the Buddhas had been taken before they were leveled especially galled him.

Kacyra, who distinctly remembered taking his first trip to the ancient city of Nineveh as a child growing up nearby in Mosul, Iraq​, knew the power of cultural heritage sites. And, as it happened, he had also recently sold his company, which pioneered portable scanning technology.


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