In How Google Dominates Us, James Gleick begins to describe the process of how Google tries to complete our sentences and enter our minds. Although technology has not progressed that far yet, Google founders begin to describe how they would like to see the future of their company. The founders are Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Page discusses the future of Google. “It will be included in people’s brains. When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information.” As some people nowadays would find this to be intruding and frightening, others (such as children) would find this to be cool. Brin continues,
“Ultimately I view Google as a way to augment your brain with the knowledge of the world. Right now you go into your computer and type a phrase, but you can imagine that it could be easier in the future, that you can have just devices you talk into, or you can have computers that pay attention to what’s going on around them…”.
This description becomes even more frightening and uncomforting knowing that a machine will be able to read your feelings and thoughts. The computer would become even more powerful and we wouldn’t be able to control it any longer. I believe the moment computers or any type of machines begin to understand emotions and feelings, our population will potentially be screwed. The computer would know what we were thinking before we even had a moment to think! That truly is scary.
Page continues on stating, “Eventually you’ll have the implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.” This statement is slightly disturbing because it almost seems as if we wouldn’t have a choice and that we would, at some point give in. I see it as not just technology progressing a little too far, but our thoughts becoming nearly useless and pointless. If we have a supercomputer to do all of the work for us before we can truly think about it and form any opinions, what’s the point in even having a brain or any education?