Google's new Chrome Web browser/operating system/panopticon program has a nifty logo that may betray more about the software than Google intended. Sure, it looks mostly like the illegitimate love child of a Pokeball and a the 1980s Simon pocket electronics game, but the blue all-seeing eye is the real giveaway.
It's from SAL 9000, the effeminate successor to HAL 9000 as seen in 2010: The Year We Make Contact. SAL, like HAL, was a sentient computer that hopefully wouldn't turn into a paranoid psychopath like her older brother, which makes you wonder about the subtext of Google's ever-expanding, ever-learning search algorithms. If Google ever "wakes up," you better hope it sounds more like Candice Bergen than Douglas Rain.
(Found via io9.)
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