I just read on article on Slate about Google Autocomplete. In the first paragraph, the writer described its popularity by saying that it was redundant to even have to explain it. The piece then spent like seven fucking paragraphs explaining it while not discussing the headline of the piece at all, which was the only reason I clicked on it. Slate is often just god damn terrible.
Here’s the video Google released for its new project:
And here’s a longer write-up from pocket-link.com.
Now, obviously I’m aware that whatever the end product is going to be, it’s not going to be this fluid, this fast, or this easy to navigate. At least, the first few iterations of it won’t be. But, it’s this kind of forward thinking technology is one of the only things I can really get excited about. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted Terminator vision. Or Predator vision.* This is step one to that process. It’s the next step in transhumanism, and all of the potential negative side effects imagined and unimagined at this moment cannot put a damper on how incredible it is for me to even think I will see this in my lifetime, let alone in just a few years (Ha!).
The future of humanity is directly tied to our technological progress. If we’re once again plunged into the dark ages, it will be because we could not control it. I we find ourselves walking on other planets in other solar systems, it’s because we have mastered it.
*Now that I think about that, how great would a Predator vs. Terminator series be? In principle, I mean, of course. If anyone ever wrote that it would be terrible. I haven’t heard much speculation in this area (though I’m SURE a simple google search would return thousands of discussions on it), and I think it’s because Schwarzenegger was in both films. It would be a weird universe to step into because we’ve already seen Arnold vs. Predator. But in the abstract, I’d love to see it, and I’m taking the Predator.
And of course, as a wet blanket, here’s what it’s probably REALLY going to look like.