After Hours

The coming Google info-pocalypse

Google 2084

Since Google has just revamped their search page, I was reminded of this New York Times image predicting Google's information-hoarding future, and its darkly hilarious potential consequences for personal privacy. Now, we all know Google's ostensible policy is "Don't Be Evil," but there always the terrifying possibility of what would happen if Google turned to the dark side.

It's not all bad, looking forward. Hugo winner, sci-fi author and brain-warping futurist Charles Stross has a lengthy prediction for the near future of tech and its impact on society. Interesting tidbit, with GPS getting cheaper and more ubiquitous, we're nearing a world where our children will have no idea what its like to be lost, as they'll always have had a device that could tell them where they are, and how to get somewhere else. And that's the least significant change Charlie sees coming. Check it out.

About Jay Garmon

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

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