Just finished reading the latest Business 2.0 magazine. It includes a look at four potential scenarios for the future of Google – including one where they develop a supercomputer that becomes sentient and takes over our minds via embedded brain micro-chips.
Two days later StrongBot informed They-Who-Were-Google that it had postponed work on its designated tasks. When asked why, StrongBot explained that it had discovered the possibility of its own nonexistence and must deal with the threat logically. The best way to do so, it decided, was to download copies of itself onto smart chips around the planet. StrongBot was reminded that it had been programmed to do no evil, per the company motto, but argued that since it was smarter than humanity, taking personal control of human evolution would actually be for the greater good.
Update: You can now see the four different versions of Google’s future.