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Excerpts: How Google is becoming an extension of your mind (CNet)

Great feature on Google and technology on CNet, here.  I have summarized some of the key findings for you – I shall leave it to you to be scared out of your wits or ultra-excited.

"What  Google is now becoming is an extension of your mind, an omnipresent digital assistant that figures out what you need and supplies it before you even realize you need it"

"Google, in essence, becomes a part of you. Imagine Google playing a customized audio commentary based on what you look at while on a tourist trip and then sharing photo highlights with your friends as you go. Or Google taking over your car when it concludes based on your steering response time and blink rate that you're no longer fit to drive. Or your Google glasses automatically beaming audio and video to the police when you say a phrase that indicates you're being mugged"

"For a Google-augmented life, you must grant the Googlebot unprecedented privileges to monitor your personal information and behavior"

"The bottom line: the more types of work computers do on your behalf to make your life easier, the more access you must grant them to the intimacies of your personal life. And that means it's time for Google and Google users think carefully about whether it's time to shift from ad-supported free services toward paid services"

"The tiny screen, camera, and speaker built into Project Glass' computerized, networked glasses means electronic information can be woven directly into people's interactions with the physical world. What sorts of information? Google isn't promising anything yet, but obvious possibilities include live navigation directions and coupon offers for nearby stores…"

"The way to think of hardware at Google is not as a bunch of artfully packaged electronic bits and pieces that can be sold for a profit. Instead, hardware is like Android and Chrome: a means to an end"

Read on – there's a lot more here.

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