Google, Maureen Dowd… and Skynet

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Kyle Reese: There was a nuclear war. A few years from now, all this, this whole place, everything, it’s gone. Just gone. There were survivors. Here, there. Nobody even knew who started it. It was the machines, Sarah.

Sarah Connor: I don’t understand.

Reese: Defense network computers. New… powerful… hooked into everything, trusted to run it all. They say it got smart, a new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat, not just the ones on the other side. Decided our fate in a microsecond: extermination.

The Terminator (1984)

I’ve had this nagging theory that the more we information we hand over to Google, and allow this company into every aspect of our lives, the more we’re setting ourselves up for Google to take over the world.

Perhaps Terminator wasn’t just a movie… maybe it was a cautionary tale.

In that connection, check out Maureen Dowd’s column today where she interviews Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

From the column:

The C.E.O. of Google doesn’t look like a Dick Cheney World Domination sort whom we should worry about as Google ogles our houses, our oceans, our foibles, our movements and our tastes.

But there is a vaguely ominous Big Brother wall in the lobby of the headquarters here that scrolls real-time Google searches – porn queries are edited out – from people around the world. You could probably see your own name if you stayed long enough.

Dowd writes chiefly about Google in relation to the decline of the newspaper industry. That’s fine and good, but Google has become such a large part of our lives — and so involved with so many government operations, I wonder if the machines at Google HQ will one day take over…

Now that I think about it, though, perhaps I’m not concerned about Google taking over, per se. I’m just too tired to be forced into a work camp or to get involved with some resistance movement against Google’s super-robots. Who needs the trouble?

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One response to “Google, Maureen Dowd… and Skynet

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