It was recently announced that Google has been working with Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturing company, to get a better understanding of new robotic technologies. The Internet giant claims they are researching robotics in order to build better manufacturing robots that would reduce the workforce of companies like Foxconn, but the evidence for something behind the scenes points to a different story. With Google having data servers in hundreds of countries across the globe, and the reliance the average person has on the search engine giant, how easy would it be for Google to raise a robot army and begin a quest for world domination?
Know this: Over the past year, Google has purchased at least eight robotics companies. One of those companies was Boston Dynamics, a company that has previously produced robots for the Pentagon. Boston Dynamics made many mobile robots for the Pentagon, including one that could climb and travel through sand, ice and snow. Another robot, named Cheetah, can run at speeds of 29 miles per hour. To compare, Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, can only reach a top speed of 27 miles per hour. If Google was making manufacturing robots, why would they need robots that could travel such terrains or reach such high speeds?
Also know that Google has taken control of a former NASA hangar, Hangar One, and plans on operating the runways. They have not specified exactly to what end those runways will be used. This should go along well with the mysterious barge the search engine company has had in the San Francisco bay since October of last year, one that Google initially refused to comment on. Shortly after, the company called the barge an “interactive space” where “people can learn about new technologies.” How long before the general public gets to “interact” and “learn” about the new Google robot army?
Most frightening to think about how much information the average person puts out on the Internet. With social media being used by more people than ever, each individual aspect of a person’s life is out there on the web, though usually only in bits and pieces. Google has the power and the resources to put those bits and pieces together to form a whole story. They can easily see what sites you visit, at what times, from what locations and how long you remain on these sites. Just that alone will allow Google to see where someone lives, what bait to use to lure them outside and whether or not they are prepared for the robot army waiting at their front door.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of options to fight off this impending threat. Google Earth has covered a large portion of the globe, making it difficult to hide from Google’s seeming omnipresence. There are ways to become entirely self-sufficient, to go completely “off the grid” and live without the spying eyes of Google, but they require skills the average person does not have and require sacrifices the average person will not make. Make no mistake, the average person needs to know that the Google robot army is coming, even if there is nothing that could be done to stop it.
Satire by Jonathan Gardner