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August 24, 2006

Is Google Godly?

This blasphemy has a really interesting argumentation. Matt MacPherson says that Google is ubiquitous (everywhere), omniscient (everything) and immortal (everytime a server dies, it can be replaced easily). Google remembers everything, and many people depend on it.

The idea is not new. Three years ago, Thomas Friedman wrote an article for New York Times that quoted Alan Cohen, a V.P. of Airespace, a WiFi provider: "If I can operate Google, I can find anything. And with wireless, it means I will be able to find anything, anywhere, anytime. Which is why I say that Google, combined with WiFi, is a little bit like God. God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything. Throughout history, people connected to God without wires. Now, for many questions in the world, you ask Google, and increasingly, you can do it without wires, too."

Google is just a metaphor for the perfect search engine, that could answer to any question, could understand your thoughts and could make material barriers insignificant. But playing God may be dangerous and may melt your wings.

{ In the image, Icarus, by Boris Vallejo. Read about the legend of Icarus. }

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