The power of Google

Google PowerLately I’ve had a closer look at Google and what they exactly are offering. I mean, I have always known that they have a really powerful search engine, but apart from that, I wasn’t very googleized. But now, I realize, Google is my master.

Let me just summarize what kind of services I’m using from Google at the moment. You should do the same yourself and maybe you also will realize something:

And those are not the only services I use. Of course I use the Google Images Search for images, their normal search through Firefox, academical search at Google Scholar. I’m reading their blog, I’m checking out books at Google Print and watching some videos at Google Videos. Heck, I’m even looking for jobs at Google. It’s not much left of me to googleize.

I’m not that kind of guy that gets worried as soon as I see a surveillance camera, avoiding leaving personal details out, etc, etc. I’m quite OK with big brother watching me. But I’m just starting to realize what a vast amount of personal information Google has at their fingertips. (which of course makes people worried, like (here and here). But I’m not worried for my own sake – I have nothing to hide – however I’ve already started thinking about what cool future dystopias we could have – imagine us ruled by the Google Federation – you might get some inspiration by watching this time-shifted transmission from 2014.

My tip to you. Do a search through your browser history for “Google”. See what comes up. And then decide if you have to be worried. I ain’t, but I’m looking forward to see what Google will use all this information and power for…

Update: Read more in Wired Magazine.

4 thoughts on “The power of Google”

  1. Certainly will they make money, I didn’t question that. But is that their only agenda? The people behind Google will never be tempted to use the company for expressing their own views or for political control? And if not – I know that many governments and companies gladly would like to have the information Google is collecting – and they might use it for any kind of purpose.

    I’m not saying it’s what’s going to happen, only that it is possible or even plausible. Let’s just see what have happend in 2014 :)

  2. Isn’t selling information that isn’t availible somewhere else to this extend and detail a good way to make much money? And people who are normally not supposed to get it most often pay the best prices…

    Making money? Oh, ok, than it’s only capitalism, and capitalism itself is not bad, so that should be ok, right? 😉

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