I guess in the next 10 years the movie Terminator is going to be a reality and guess what who the Skynet is … Its “Google” ;) . Well ! that’s what I think. look at the way it works , Google started search way back in the late 1990’s. They were giving answers to the questions people asked. Google quickly understood that the ” Information is wealth” this was going to change the company’s history forever. Initially started selling ad space in search results collecting terabytes of data per second.
Wait a minute not everyone does business more than half the traffic on the search giant are individual consumers who don’t want to buy ad space. So from then on Google started creating multiple platforms and products for users.
Most commonly used products like Gmail, YouTube, Android, Chrome, Google +, Maps and so on….. are all free. and are open source. This means more products are developed from each one of them and that means more data points to acquire information.
By now that’s one heck of information to be processed. There came a point when it became next to impossible to process all that data, so there came a new way processing this data with something called “MapReduce”, a proprietary algorithm of google using which one can see patterns and correlations out of this huge data. This is also called as BIG DATA.
With the power to collect and process this loads of information its is theoretically possible to build a computing code that can think and rationalize decisions. After all isn’t this how even humans think . We Identify facts, weigh them against experiences and then take a decisions.
With the systematic gathering, processing and curation of information Google is literally in the pathway of becoming the first Skynet.