I Always Knew Google Was Evil

Google has relaunched Google IG as iGoogle and has told the press that iGoogle will herald a new era of personalized web searches, where iGoogle knows enough about you to be able to find what you want without having to know it yourself. You could ask iGoogle, "what should I do today?", and based on where you live, what's on your calendar, and what you've searched for in the past, iGoogle could cross-reference the weather, the local events calendar, etc. and give you a list of suggested activities. Sounds cool, but there are obviously privacy concerns.

What I've found interesting is that so far I haven't seen any good press about iGoogle yet. (Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places. I googled for it!) I found German and British articles that were predictably paranoid, but even the US article that I found wasn't terribly optimistic. Of course, the Americans were worried about it because they think that it won't work, while the Euros are worried because they think it will.

Danny Hillis offered his worst nightmare at JavaOne several years ago. He said he's worried that one day he'll be sitting in his office at home and a little robot will roll in and start photographing everything. He'll ask the robot what it's doing, and it will reply that it's a Google Planet agent and that it's cataloging his home. I wonder what Danny thinks about iGoogle.

Comments:

hee hee... this is spot on. I actually tried "using" iGoogle the other day, and just got the sense that it's not about me the user; instead it seems to be more about slicing and dicing behaviors and patterns for business use. I don't know, but I'm becoming more 'afraid' of Google becoming the "cool Microsoft." The whole Chinese censorship thing first raised my suspicion.

Posted by Brandon Carson on May 23, 2007 at 04:50 AM PDT #

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