This month, rumors swirled that Google is planning to create their own store to sell their new Chromebooks and other products. Between this new computer, Google Glass, the new Google self-driving car, and a wide range of other Google products and services, I think it is time to ask: Has Google taken over the world?
First, let’s start at the company’s origins. Google began in 1996 as a project between two friends, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Most search engines at the time ranked links by the number of times the searched term appeared on the page, but Page and Brin wanted to categorize them by their relationship to other websites. The algorithm was a hit, Google exploded, and the rest is history.
But Google is way more than just a search engine. You probably know about Gmail, Google’s email service, and Google Glass, the upcoming augmented reality glasses. But did you know that Google has a search engine that allows you to read scanned books? Or that Google has its own advertising service, AdSense? There’s Google Calendar, Google Drive (online file backup service), Google Moon and Mars (like Google Earth), Google Body (a 3D model of the human body), and even Google TV. Heck, there’s even a Google Lab, where Google Glass and the driverless car were made.
So what’s next for a company as expansive as Google? Google State? Google World? Is all of the universe but a stepping stone for Google Domination? I can’t really comment on Google’s invasion plans (though I can say their motto is the suspiciously specific “Don’t be evil”), but I can say what Google has on their plate right now.
With Google Glass rolling out soon, the company is sure to be hard at work ironing out any kinks in the system. The driverless car is generating heat as well, especially since Google has announced the cars, on average, go 300,000 miles without an accident, and that the accidents were due to humans hitting the car, not the car’s malfunction. The average American gets in a wreck every 165,000 miles, so Google’s new car could be a huge boon for safety on the roads. According to company engineers, the car still has trouble on very snowy roads and with interpreting temporary road signs.
Yet, Google still apparently has more in store. You see, Google has a secret lab somewhere in California’s Bay Area known as the “Google X Lab.” No, I’m not making this up. The lab was responsible for the driverless car, as well as Google Glass, and reports say that said lab is currently researching future tech items such as prototypes for a space elevator, a neural network that would work like a virtual brain, and a program that could identify objects from a photo or video frame. In fact, Google says that one of their big projects from the Google X Lab will be unveiled this month.
So what does all this mean? Is Google Domination truly here? Are we doomed to a war-ravaged world where the planet has been conquered by GoogBots that can google “how to take over the world” as Larry Page laughs from his throne in space? Well, I don’t think you need to worry about that. It really does demonstrate how little innovation other companies are offering when two guys making a search engine in their garage blossoms into augment reality glasses and all kinds of sci-fi tech. While Google’s push for the future is awe-inspiring and will undoubtedly improve the quality of life, their prowess is a call to action for other corporations as well: Step it up, or get left behind.
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