As one of the most influential companies in the world Google’s success is completely unprecedented. The company continues to pioneer new inventions and be a part of many new technology fields. It is getting ready to become a player in the cellular field and will leave many other companies that have had a corner on the business looking for new ways to be competitive. However, is Google a company success story or is it a government conspiracy?
The unprecedented success of Google has led many people to question the roots of the company and has led to the questioning of who is behind the company. The company was founded by two University of Michigan graduates who started a search engine called BackRun in 1996. In 1997, the name Google.com was registered and the company was off the ground. There have been many conspiracy theorists who have thought that the company was a part of the FBI or CIA but under a private label.
One of the most popular conspiracy fears by theorists is that the search engine will come alive and become self-aware. A search engine that was sentient and able to rise to world domination.
Recently, the company acquired a new technology that would allow the search engine to hear the ambient noise in the background of viewers and target their Internet use through educated ad placement. With this newly-filed patent, they will be able to improve their recognition of the desires of their end users.
Many theories also stem from thoughts that the government is the driving force behind the company as a way to get their hands on the private data of citizens. While this may seem like a conspiracy out of 1984, since the passage of the Patriot Act, many users are asking what it is exactly that is being collected. Is Google a company success story or a government conspiracy?
In addition to this theory, another fear of many theorists is that there will be a merge of Amazon and Google, which will allow for there to be a huge database of all consumers’ desires and purchases. Personalized ads for all end users in real time that would allow them to buy anything that they wanted without thinking of the consequences, and be a huge win for Google.
Whatever the case may be, Google continues to expand in many new areas that seem like science fiction; self-driven cars and drones are just the tip of the iceberg. Even though Google was brought up on charges in an anti-trust case, there has still been nothing to sway the progress of the mammoth company, which is even being covered in Hollywood movies. Google was profiled in The Internship with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The unconventional culture of the company left the stars stunned to find that any of the food they wanted was free, and they could even go to a napping pod and rest to recover from a difficult day. The company continues to be the envy of other businesses.
By Melissa English
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