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How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind 154

Posted by Soulskill
from the hope-you-have-safesearch-turned-on dept.
An anonymous reader writes "An article at CNET discusses Google's ever-expanding role in search, and where it's heading over the next several years. The author argues it's becoming less of a discrete tool and more an integrated extension of our own minds. He rattles off a list of pie-in-the-sky functions Google could perform, which would have sounded ridiculous a decade ago. But in 2012.. not so much. Quoting: 'Think of Google diagnosing your daughter's illness early based on where she's been, how alert she is, and her skin's temperature, then driving your car to school to bring her home while you're at work. Or Google translating an incomprehensible emergency announcement while you're riding a train in foreign country. Or Google steering your investment portfolio away from a Ponzi scheme. Google, in essence, becomes a part of you. Imagine Google playing a customized audio commentary based on what you look at while on a tourist trip and then sharing photo highlights with your friends as you go. Or Google taking over your car when it concludes based on your steering response time and blink rate that you're no longer fit to drive. Or your Google glasses automatically beaming audio and video to the police when you say a phrase that indicates you're being mugged.'"
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How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind

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  • by arth1 (260657)

    How many times a day does the average man think about sex again?
    When looking at women, wearing Google glasses?

    • by P-niiice (1703362)
      When looking at women who are wearing Google glasses? Or is the looker wearing the glasses and looking at women?
    • Re:Ehrm (Score:5, Insightful)

      by mcgrew (92797) * on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @09:43AM (#40673689) Homepage Journal

      A computer (and google) are like a shovel. A shovel is an extension to your hand, Google is an extension of your mind.

      It's a tool. We've had tools for thousands of years.

      • Re:Ehrm (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Atryn (528846) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:27AM (#40674915) Homepage

        A computer (and google) are like a shovel. A shovel is an extension to your hand, Google is an extension of your mind.

        It's a tool. We've had tools for thousands of years.

        That's a terrible analogy. Using the shovel does not impact the next person who uses "the" shovel or "a" shovel.

        It would make more sense to say that we are becoming an extension of Google's mind than the other way around. Everything you do with Google has the potential to influence Google's perception of the world, access to information (not just data because we ADD relevant context) and value to other users.

        If the shovel told you where to dig based on what it had learned from the thousands of other people who had recently dug using it, that would be a closer analogy.

        • Re:Ehrm (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Oligonicella (659917) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:34AM (#40675011)

          And, like people who rely on Google directions, you shove that spade through a gas line and go up in a ball of fire.

          Don't rely on tools to think for you.

        • by mcgrew (92797) *

          Google is a tool for communication. It's no different than the inventions of writing, the printing press, the telephone, photography, recorded sound, movies, radio, and TV. It enhanses our ability to think and communicate, just as a shovel enhanses our ability to dig.

      • Re:Ehrm (Score:4, Funny)

        by Quiet_Desperation (858215) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:58AM (#40675345)

        And both are known to move a lot of shit.

    • Re:Ehrm (Score:4, Interesting)

      by ciderbrew (1860166) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:05AM (#40674691)
      That does raise the point of what those things record.
      You're in a park and a some mother lets a toddler run around naked in the fountain.Your going past and on hearing the child have fun and laughing it catches your attention and you turn and look - takes a few seconds for you to find the source and BAM! ... ... You've record the naked child and it's live uploaded to the cloud. So you're a distributor of that content too.
      When I'm in the park and have my own kid with me, I never know where to look when other people do let there kid run around naked. Men in the west have been made mental by the media with worry of accusations of being a peado.
    • by whitroth (9367)

      Will it offer a high-power computing option, to enhance the picture, allowing you to see what's computed to be under her clothes? Or is the X-ray specs from the back of decades of comics still out of reach?

                      mark

      • by arth1 (260657)

        Will it offer a high-power computing option, to enhance the picture, allowing you to see what's computed to be under her clothes? Or is the X-ray specs from the back of decades of comics still out of reach?

        More likely you'll be able to purchase access to what web sites she visits and what she has purchased.

        So... This blonde lass bought pink toilet covers and pregnancy tests three weeks ago, posts on cat forums, and has been googling "maternity and stds".
        While the one over there bought a high performance air filter for a straight six and three dozen flavoured condoms, posts on X10 project sites, and has searched for "amicable divorce".
        Hmmm...

        Seems sensible to me!