It’s a 30 minute video that’s pretty bland but it gives an idea of what Google has planned for the future. He touches on Google Glass, driver-less cars, Google Fiber, and the next generation of search among other things which I’m sure all of you have heard of. He also mentions that the FDA just approved a swallow-able chip in a pill (that can be read about through a simple search, this being the newest chip http://www.wired.com/design/2013/02/freescales-tiny-arm-chip/) which Google isn’t working on but I thought it was notable.
What I’d like to talk about is the rate and scope at which Google’s power and influence on our society is growing. At the 13:50 mark in the interview he mentions the next generation of search in which they may be able to “suggest what you should be searching for” which gets a small chuckle from the interviewer and audience.
The things Google is/will be capable of doing are something straight out of science fiction. I’m not saying that any of what Google is doing is inherently bad, I believe quite the opposite, but it’s almost like opening Pandora’s box. I fear Google’s good intentions of progress and innovation is paving a road that is making for the possibility of an Orwellian society more of a reality.
So I’m asking
- Do you think Google is becoming too large of an entity?
- Do you think it’s a cause for concern that they, or anyone for that matter, have/will have these abilities?
- Do you trust Google with this kind of power?
- If not, would you trust anyone with this kind of power? If so, who?
not to tint your view on the matter but I found it fitting