I shiver at the very thought. When I imagine this, although, it might not happen in the foreseeable future, still, it seems that it’s not that far, and I can see it happening very soon. Soon enough, that frightens me.
We all know Google, since it’s beginning, has been growing by leaps and bounds, (we should find a new word that describes such a kind of growth). Google is slowly penetrating every part of our lives. It’s everywhere. And I guess, almost 80% of what we do on the Internet, is being recorded by the Google Servers. It’s scary. It’s like a big big directory of information on each and every person on the planet, dead or alive, why only people, they have records of each and every kind of organism that ever existed. Well, in a nutshell, all our data is distributed, and exists in the cloud.
All our mails, contacts, and more recently, Google has started saving our documents and pictures (with Docs, and Picassa), then they have our calendar, our notes, then our music playlists, our credit card numbers(Google Checkout), our addresses (needed when you sign in for Google Adsense or Checkout), all of our blogs, and what not. Now they have the Android phones with their OS running on it. So, all our phone calls and messages, can, practically be recorded by Google.
Google’s motivation and ambition is to provide free and opens source technology to everyone. Well, for all these service Google earns a whooping sum, which I can’t even imagine, through Ads. Well, if you think all this as a favorable ecosystem in which, with Google’s technologies, our lives are getting better and better, it’s a fairy tale, and we will only hope for the future to pass by us and present us the new world with Google’s services.
I am sure, Google, has so much power now with it, that it could change the whole world. In George Orwell’s, 1984, we see a world where the Big Brother has the only authority, and he changes the history, the past, the present and the future at will. Just because, he has all the resources of the planet, that he can manipulate. Imagine, if some day, Google really has this kind of power, I am sure, Google will really take over “Planet Earth”. Afterall, power is what everyone wants.
I don’t say that Google is aiming for it, but somewhere right in the Google’s campus, there might be a psychopath, who dreams of conquering the whole world.