Are you completely incapable of making the most basic decisions on your own, including “What should I have for dinner” and “How should I touch myself?” Don’t sweat it—while it’s true, yes, you are not in tune with your own body, some day, in the very near future, none of that will matter, thanks to a little thing called Google, another little thing called invasion of privacy and another little thing called monetizing this racket.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, said gathering more personal data was a key way for Google to expand and the company believes that is the logical extension of its stated mission to organise the world’s information.
Asked how Google might look in five years’ time, Mr Schmidt said: “We are very early in the total information we have within Google. The algorithms will get better and we will get better at personalization.
“The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as ‘What shall I do tomorrow?’ and ‘What job shall I take?’ ”
Yes, in just a short time, Carney will be able to sit comatose, while a computer tells him that he should indeed bite the bullet and buy 1,000 shares of Vonage (sidebar: is that thing bankrupt yet?), take that last hit of meth and RSVP to his twentieth high school reunion, even though he hasn’t yet secured a date. And Google will make another few billion off of what sounds like it’s shaping up to be quite an evening.
In other news, Yahoo sat around and twiddled its thumbs.
Google’s goal: to organise your daily life [Financial Times]