The Splendid Quill

February10th

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I knew this day would come. Look, I love Google as much as the next guy, but their “helpful” little tools are starting to get alarmingly helpful. It’s scary like a certain Sandra Bullock movie. And frankly, I don’t think I’m going to stand for it any more. At least, not until I can download and beta test this sweet new app their working on.

Check it:


Google Energy Info

It’s kind of cool. Especially for those Alpha type control freaks. This picture will give you a bit of a glimpse at the cool factor of being able to witness the money you give to the power company in the form of neat green little spikes:

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The thing I don’t get, though, is that they use green as the color of the energy you use. Wouldn’t green better represent the energy you don’t use as evidenced by the remainder of the graph? But whatever. That’s just a designer’s input, and that isn’t generally worth much.

Anyhow, my concern is the multitude of ways I’m seeing Google insert themselves into the fabric of our lives. That’s like, a lot of responsibility for one corporation to handle. I don’t know that I believe they can keep up the guise of morality for long before someone comes along and shifts perspectives. It’s not like this is unheard of either…think about the Nixon Whitehouse….or more recently Enron. Everyone just sort of trusted that things were working smoothly.

I still trust Google. But automation is the precipice to the slippery slope of technologic stagnation. Or, as Sarah Conner referred to it: “The rise of the machines.”

So consider yourselves forewarned here on The Quill. First and foremost: Google will Rule. And we will lose.

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