Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Another Day, Another Crazy Quote

I am developing a bad habit of revisiting my earlier posts way too soon after they have been published here on this venerable blog. Nevertheless, I will further reinforce this bad habit today (In the interest of full disclosure, I got hit with the flu this week. Therefore, I am going to keep the following post short, so as to spare you the insane ramblings of my fever induced dreams…)

You may remember that last week, I discussed some of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's recent comments about privacy and their societal and cultural implications.  Much of the discussion was centered around what I believe to be Schmidt's misinterpretation of youth and future generations. 

Schmidt gave us another wonderful nugget of his wisdom this week. When discussing the possibility of Google implanting things into peoples brains, he remarked, "The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it."

For the record, Schmidt continued to explain that as far as he knows, Google doesn't have any plans to develop brain-implant technology. You never know what'll happen in the future…though I can't for the life of me figure out what purpose brain-implants could serve for Google--other than their eventual take-over of the galaxy and metamorphosis into The Galactic Empire (see Star Wars).

My question is, what kind of projects is Google working on now that get "right up to the creepy line?" What projects that have come to fruition fall into this creepy category? Isn't the concept of the social internet inherently creepy (a bunch of people who anonymously look at posts, pictures, videos, and conversations of a bunch of other people)?

In any case, if for nothing more than my personal entertainment I hope this guy never shies away from a microphone.  However, I really hope his (and Google's for that matter) definition of creepy is way different from my own.