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Does Google = God?

CmdrTaco posted about 11 years ago | from the that-job-was-supposed-to-be-mine dept.

Editorial 294

lgreco writes "In an op/ed for the NYT, Thomas Friedman wonders "Is Google God?" Interesting article that disseminates things mostly known to and hopefully well understood by the Slashdot readership. The fact that such commentary made it to the NYT op/ed pages is remarkable." It's the NYT, so a free registration is required.

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294 comments

Google IS God (4, Insightful)

presroi (657709) | about 11 years ago | (#6324443)

since google news does not need to register

you can be god, too:

[url]http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/29/opinion/2 9F RIE.html?ex=1057464000&en=5a99f13790700f88&ei=5062 &partner=GOOGLE[/url]

Re:Google IS God (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324451)

Even this [nytimes.com] works.

ODDLY ENOUGH (4, Funny)

YOU ARE SO FIRED! (635925) | about 11 years ago | (#6324470)

So does this [nytimes.com] . Weird.

WARNING! GOATSEX link!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324536)

Do NOT click this link, it's that goddamn goatse.cx link again.

Bastard!

Now THAT would be funny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324562)

Unfortunately, not true.

Re:Google IS God (3, Informative)

presroi (657709) | about 11 years ago | (#6324459)

the same article can be found here [cnn.com]

the broken link ware useless, anyway, so try here [google.com]

sorry for any confusion caused.

Re:Google IS God (3, Interesting)

Fishstick (150821) | about 11 years ago | (#6324594)

Facinating. That google link has three results:

Does Google = God?
Slashdot-25 minutes ago
lgreco writes "In an op/ed for the NYT, Thomas Friedman wonders "Is Google God?"
Interesting article that diseminates things mostly known to and hopefully well ...

Is Google God ?
CNN-2 hours ago
By Thomas L. Friedman. Since 9/11 the world has felt increasingly
fragmented. Reading the papers, one senses that many Americans ...

Is Google God?
New York Times-17 hours ago
Since 9/11 the world has felt increasingly fragmented. Reading the papers,
one senses that many Americans are emotionally withdrawing ...


I just thought it was interesting that google is tracking slashdot articles in the same way as cnn and nyt.

Re:Google IS God (1)

Fishstick (150821) | about 11 years ago | (#6324609)

oops, left off the other observation:

sorting by relevance [google.com] gives an interesting result

CNN first, NYT next and /. last -- wonder what that means?

Re:Google IS God (1)

presroi (657709) | about 11 years ago | (#6324611)

I just thought it was interesting that google is tracking slashdot articles in the same way as cnn and nyt.


Well, not quite the same way. I experienced several times that comments from users got integrated into the "article" as well. Google does (of course) not differenciate between article, advertisement and user comments.

Re:Google IS God (1)

nepheles (642829) | about 11 years ago | (#6324520)

Maybe the fact that Google doesn't need to register just proves the point...

Non reg link (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324444)

Here [capsule-inc.com]

Yes, google is god (5, Interesting)

sgarrity (262297) | about 11 years ago | (#6324446)

A co-worker of mine has been claiming that google is god for two years now [actsofvolition.com] .

Maybe not God, but his "oracle" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324590)

Just a few days I'm thinking exactly this:
"All I want to know now, I have to ask to google"
It have been converted to an oracle (not the database). How many time we will so dependent on it that if it becomes pay we will have no choice other than agree with a new google tax.

Karma whore coming through.... (0, Informative)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | about 11 years ago | (#6324447)



User: freepass

Password: freepass

Re:Karma whore coming through.... (0, Funny)

handybundler (232934) | about 11 years ago | (#6324458)

cryptic. very cryptic. in fact, I like it!

like pimpin', trolling ain't easy.

hey (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324457)

why have like the last 6 stories been pure shit?

Re:hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324492)

well, maybe the stories have been so shitty lately because every article except this one on the front page is from michael

Re:hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324559)

And maybe they know Michael is so shitty at what he does that they give him the worst duty (Saturday night - Sunday Morning).

No, google is inferior (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324467)

God wins [googlefight.com]

Re:No, google is inferior (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324534)

O Mighty Google... (5, Funny)

James Littiebrant (622596) | about 11 years ago | (#6324469)

Give us now our dayly searches, forgive us of our articles, as we have put them in our keywords. Please O Google grant me now a privilige to use your mighty powers to find the answers to my searches.

No, because... (1)

Firestorm_Rising (666286) | about 11 years ago | (#6324471)

The Google Does Nothing!

I asked it. (1)

Surak (18578) | about 11 years ago | (#6324477)

I asked it [google.com] . It came back with 7.536 hits.

I also asked Googlefight [googlefight.com] .

In light of the overwhelming evidence, I'd say "Yes."

Re:I asked it. (1)

An Onerous Coward (222037) | about 11 years ago | (#6324574)

Erm, how do you get .536 of a hit? It found a website that contained the word "Goo?"

I am not impressed with this "Google machine," at least until it is mentioned on at least ten web pages.

[yeah yeah, European notation and whatnot]

The tongue of the savage foreign hordes (5, Insightful)

lordlod (458156) | about 11 years ago | (#6324479)

"... only one-third come from inside the U.S. The rest are in 88 other languages."

Americans may speak funny but generally its still known as english. Amazingly it's actually spoken outside of the US as well.

Syntax Error (3, Funny)

BuddaPxx (636044) | about 11 years ago | (#6324480)

Does Google = God? Yes. Always.

Does Google == God? Yes. Could change...but not likely :)

Re:Syntax Error (5, Funny)

Ratcrow (181400) | about 11 years ago | (#6324556)

If God == 0, then Google = God would be false.

Then again, if you believe that God is real, or at least a float, then the specific test that God == 0.000000 is likely to come back true. Now, the real question is whether having strcmp("Google", "God") > 0 being true is a serious theological problem.

Perhaps a bit more detail?... (4, Insightful)

Radon Knight (684275) | about 11 years ago | (#6324481)

Would it be possible for the posters of articles to include at least some hint of the content of the piece?

I mean, my first reaction to the question "Is Google God?" is "No... Next topic!" Presumably the article is asking something at least slightly more compelling or interesting, but we have no idea of what that might be.

The site is supposed to be news for nerds... not sound bites for nerds. Although I guess that is a lot of what passes for news in the States.

Re:Perhaps a bit more detail?... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324510)

Although I guess that is a lot of what passes for news in the States.

And this passes for +1, Insightful despite having the intellectual depth of "Hey, that gadget froze! It must be running WindowsCE 2003 XP++! Hur hur!".

Read the article :) (4, Insightful)

aepervius (535155) | about 11 years ago | (#6324514)

Summary : google + wireless = inforamtion available for everybody everywhere. They compare it to omniscience and thus gods (btw, where is the other part traditionnaly associated to gods, omnipotence :) ?).

Then they go on rambling that this will allow the bad guy to touch "more" the U.S. (what of the rest of the western world...?) and allow them unite quicker and better.

I think this is a "slow news" sunday, thus this [devoid of content] article went on slashdot...

Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324483)

god, maybe, God - nope, doesn't come close.

If Google gives you a result you don't like, you can plug it with different info until you get what you want out of it. God doesn't work like that as far as I know...

If anything, Google is a slave to man, not a god.

This is a fluff article. (5, Informative)

Dthoma (593797) | about 11 years ago | (#6324485)

It just has some vague statistics about increasing numbers of Google searches and DNS requests in the last three years, then some specualtion by a talking head tech pundit about how "the rate of technological integration has intensified" and how in future everybody will be connected to everybody else.

Don't give so much credit (4, Funny)

SunPin (596554) | about 11 years ago | (#6324535)

...specualtion by a talking head tech pundit...

Thomas Friedman is the official gargoyle of the state. He's not a tech by any stretch of the imagination. I suspect he just lost a bet with someone who said he couldn't write an article without mentioning 9/11.

Re:This is a fluff article. (5, Funny)

suss (158993) | about 11 years ago | (#6324555)

...and how in future everybody will be connected to everybody else.

And it will be called "the great duck tape disaster of 2032"...!

Re:This is a fluff article. (5, Insightful)

maggotbrain_777 (450700) | about 11 years ago | (#6324566)

Not only is it a fluff article, it was technically incorrect and seemed intent on perpetuating more mindless post 9/11 fear-mongering pap.

Verisign operating much of the Internet's infrastructure??? Please, spare me.

So, the article concludes that Google and Wi-Fi will bring the world together in omniscience all the while there are dark forces at work plotting to destroy us.

After reading this op-ed piece, The World Weekly news or the Onion seems a more credible source for gaining insights into world perspectives.... ....gak....too much coffee.....

Alt link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324487)

Google is god.... but (1, Interesting)

SCiPS (672691) | about 11 years ago | (#6324491)

religion changes...
And if now we use the "GooglePower" to find some information remember when we used altavista [altavista.com] or metacrawler [metacrawler.com] .
There is also more and more fake hits on google.
Sometimes you have to browse 2-3 pages of results before finding a real result.
Because everybody is using the power of google to raise up is site.
Because a site that's not in google will never be seen...
But the google bot are really powerfull, thay can even read in any file format. They will propably find once: "What is the Matrix..."

Still Waiting... (3, Funny)

Hecateus (628867) | about 11 years ago | (#6324496)

While Google is the first thing I look at when I start up my browser... ...I am still waiting for Goollot. ;)

Re:Still Waiting... (1)

SunPin (596554) | about 11 years ago | (#6324561)

That's very funny... might be a good test of the level of cultural literacy here.

Re:Still Waiting... (1)

bj8rn (583532) | about 11 years ago | (#6324627)

I gather it must be a pun, but I'm a moron, please explain.

Re:Still Waiting... (1)

nomadic (141991) | about 11 years ago | (#6324696)

Google for Samuel Beckett.

Damn, can't escape Google, can you...maybe it is God.

Summary (5, Informative)

ergonal (609484) | about 11 years ago | (#6324497)

Summary:

I thought this article was supposed to be about Google and God, but it was more about wi-fi and how wi-fi combined with Google will allow you to "find anything, anywhere, anytime". But it THEN goes on about how broadband adoption will allow al-Qaeda will be able to more easily send recruitment videos using video-on-demand. Of course, it mentions 9/11, as expected. It also says that America has to take "it" seriously. Oh, and it states a couple of interesting statistics. Yay. There, now you don't need to RTFA.

No crap... (1)

Rhinobird (151521) | about 11 years ago | (#6324628)

No crap...More like the NY-Times just needed some filler this morning or something.

Google is still too buggy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324498)

Google, while it has improved, still has problems producing accurate results to phrase searches.

Just try

"to be or not to be"

Several of the results, including the 3rd one, are wrong. Altavista has never had this problem, and it still doesn't have this bug.

Re:Google is still too buggy (2, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 11 years ago | (#6324587)

Why do you need google for that? We all know that

2B or (not 2B) = FF

Or 'true', if you prefer a boolean value. I think you'll find a calculator is a better tool than a search engine for that kind of question...

Real point of the piece (4, Insightful)

localroger (258128) | about 11 years ago | (#6324500)

...is not the snazzy comment about google=god but the well-taken point that small groups of people who hate [pick target] will be able to much more effectively mobilize, recruit, and act in a world where everyone is connected and searches are universal.

Note the last paragraph about the effectiveness of Osama bin Laden's recruiting videos, and the possibility of targeting them precisely via broadband video. Brrrrrr.

For those not willing to register at NYT... (1)

Przepla (637674) | about 11 years ago | (#6324503)

Here is a CNN copy [cnn.com] of this article. Not that I think, that you should afraid of NYT free reg.

Google is not god (1)

munehiro (63206) | about 11 years ago | (#6324504)

Google is the mirror of the internet human knowledge. Without google a lot of people wouldn't able to work, or at least doing it could become really hard. For this reason, i think someone should bring the fact that google is a gift for the humankind as a whole, and for this reason be preserved by the government of each (free) nation.

Times Editorialists? Two in one day? (1)

TygerFish (176957) | about 11 years ago | (#6324509)

Two different pieces by Times editorialists in one day?! I'm loving it!

More! More!

CNN has it (1)

A Bugg (115871) | about 11 years ago | (#6324511)

Cnn has the same article for free so no registration required.
Friedman [cnn.com]

US == English? (2, Insightful)

SoftwareTechie (244191) | about 11 years ago | (#6324513)

Quote from the article:

And get this: only one-third come from inside the U.S. The rest are in 88 other languages.


So what is that supposed to mean? Only the english language is used in US searches or that outside the US there are no english searches? Maybe the assumption is that an english submission must be US-based.

I stopped reading the article at that point. I'm like that. Maybe I have some kind of disorder.

Er, no.. (4, Insightful)

Trevalyx (627273) | about 11 years ago | (#6324515)

First off, the title of the article is somewhat sensationalist, as the premise isn't really "Is Google God?", it's more of a "How should we Americans adjust now that 9/11 is over and done with and the world is in it's changing paradigm?"

But that's not my point. My point is the comparison is quite ludicrous.
Says Alan Cohen, a V.P. of Airespace, a new Wi-Fi provider: "If I can operate Google, I can find anything. And with wireless, it means I will be able to find anything, anywhere, anytime. Which is why I say that Google, combined with Wi-Fi, is a little bit like God. God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything. Throughout history, people connected to God without wires. Now, for many questions in the world, you ask Google, and increasingly, you can do it without wires, too."


There is the disclaimer "little bit" in there, but even so, it feels a lot like Beowulfian "flyting" in the nasty "pay attention to me!" sense. Google may be wireless, but only when it piggy-backs on another, even vaster service, and even so, it's only such part of the time. Not to mention, as ability goes, it's not exactly omnipotent. And anyone who worships Google in more than a "Hey, I've got the toolbar" kind of way should probably reconsider their choice of deity. As dieties go, Google is probably a bit more deserving than some other common choices today, of course, but is still on the "Not such a great idea" side of the choices of "things, Things, dieties, and God's to worship."

"things well understood by the slashdot crowd..." (0)

JeremyALogan (622913) | about 11 years ago | (#6324516)

Like, perhaps, the proper useage of commas???

"Interesting article that diseminates things mostly known to and hopefully well understood by the Slashdot readership."

Corrected: "Interesting article that diseminates things mostly known to(,) and hopefully well understood by(,) the Slashdot readership."

What's with the scaremongering? (5, Insightful)

wfberg (24378) | about 11 years ago | (#6324518)

Jeez Louise.. Terrorists will be using the interweb to organize more efficiently! Foreign people who hate use will be able to talk about us behind our backs! (No mention that the internet has done more to proliferate American culture and "values" than MTV or McDonalds, or that the internet can be, and actually is, used for good as well as evil..)

Don't get your panties in a wad, United States. Better start fearing your domestic Police State To Be!

OMFG! There's a knife next to my plate! What if a terrorist had sat down here!

comparison operator (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324523)

Sheesh. How many times has this come up on /. by annoyong posts just like this.

google = god assigns the value of god to google, and as a consequence returns true.

You want does google == god, using the comparison operator.

if (google=god) will always return true, while if (google==god) will show the answer to the question.

Re:comparison operator??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324621)

Maybe google and god has been developed in VB, your insensitive clod!

What google is (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324524)

(Note : posted without formatting because of lameness filter)
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google = god and linux equal to...? (1)

alexc (37361) | about 11 years ago | (#6324526)

if google is god .. and google uses linux. what does linux equal ?

Re:google = god and linux equal to...? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324537)

a steamy piece of shit operating system enshrined by people who will never get laid

Article = rubbish ? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324533)

If you take the time to read the article then the above question comes into mind.
  • If I can operate Google, I can find anything. And with wireless, it means I will be able to find anything, anywhere, anytime. Which is why I say that Google, combined with Wi-Fi, is a little bit like God. God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything.
    Translation: I never used google for a real search and when I get a new Centrino laptop then I'm always hooked to the internet !!!
  • "I am talking about the way information technology -- everyone using e-mail, Wi-Fi and Google -- will make it much easier for small groups to rally like-minded people, crystallize diffuse hatreds and mobilize lethal force. And wait until the whole world goes broadband. Broadband -- a much richer Internet service that brings video on demand to your PC -- will revolutionize recruiting, because video is such an emotionally powerful medium."
    Translation: Google really finds everything. I reckon that many young arabs will enter "I want to be a terrorist" into google and then download Osama bin Laden 3D multimedia terrorist propaganda including a virtual simulation of Islam paradise with many huri very nakkid !!
  • We, America, "have to work even harder to build bridges," argues Mr. Wright, because info-tech, left to its own devices, will make it so much easier for small groups to build their own little island kingdoms.
    Translation: OMG ! With all this internet stuff people all over the world might know want we do and hate us just for existing !!! And they will send teh bomb over teh internet to destroy us !!

Its the NYT (1)

Ciderx (524837) | about 11 years ago | (#6324542)

so, did they have the reporter attributing direct quotes from Jesus that "I'm gonna kick Google's ass!"?

Really an attempt to spread fear? (2, Interesting)

linuxtelephony (141049) | about 11 years ago | (#6324546)

After reading this article I was quite disappointed. As has been said earlier it appears to be a fluff piece talking mostly about Wi-Fi followed by using google to find anything anywhere.

If I was a more suspicious person (or paranoid) I would think this was really an veiled attempt to scare people into being afraid of the big-bad Internat and its ability to link like minded people of various hatreds to each other in ways not before seen. Want to get permission to crack down on free-speach on the Internet? Articles like this will "encourage" people to think that's what is going to happen. After all, heaven forbid that Osama's recruiting video may be streamed on the Internet and it (according to the author) is very motivating.

Sounds like "Internet breads terrorism, we should all be afraid". Just what is needed before "we need to control what's on the internet to protect everyong" starts being said.

Hey, here's an idea! (0, Troll)

Lord Bitman (95493) | about 11 years ago | (#6324547)

How about you REJECT all stories which require registration?

google isn't god (1)

CakerX (149266) | about 11 years ago | (#6324548)

GOATSE.CX is god

nuff said. or mabey there are multiple gods.

Drugs are bad mmmkay? (5, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | about 11 years ago | (#6324550)

If I can operate Google, I can find anything. And with wireless, it means I will be able to find anything, anywhere, anytime. God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything. Throughout history, people connected to God without wires.

Drugs will do that to you sometimes, but the important thing is not to try and write articles and stuff in that "bent" state of mind. In my case, these delusions of grandeur usually pass in a few hours time. A good night's sleep should help too.

Peace \\//

My first thoughts [German, English Translation] (2, Funny)

presroi (657709) | about 11 years ago | (#6324551)

the original post can be found here [presroi.de] .

I hope the English translation is precise enough to preserve my argument.

cnn.com: Is Google God?
Slashdot|Does Google = God?

In a nice column in the New York Times (article at the same time taken over of CNN ) the question is set up whether google God is.

Naturally polemiken have again and again economic situation, if the reality is too contradictory or the purse calls thereafter, to fast still press a few lines into the next expenditure.

Why should Google be God?

Google supplies as well as all answers, if one knows the question. Here is the first thought error, because Google can only strengthen, which eh is already present. I have each day in my log file hit of retrieval queries, which are completely sense-free.

Google steers nothing to this pool however at 1986 a google on the existing techniques - Usenet, Gopher, ftp - jokeless would have been and a completely grotesque view into the world would have revealed. The way, as google will possibly determine the everyday life in the future, should be reason of enough to up-save the picture of the all-powerful Google still another little.
Google does not verify information. A little HTML Bastlerei is sufficient, in order to place * its * to view of the things in the net. The democratic beginning of google, through PAGE-climb the linking foot people on it co-ordinate to let, which sides are read worthy now, nothing changes in the fact that one makes oneself dependent on the majority and not by the truth.
If I would ascend over night at place 1 of any search words, then nothing would change in the coming day. Neither I nor my tools google have here the breath of a power.

Is a book God?
Who writes, remains (closely: publish or perish) is the antiquity variant of "google is God". Only indirect power each writing (googlebaren) person lies in the chance to change the collective memory little. Possibly and perhaps only for short time. Also over the thought of the eternity the connection God and Google could not be designed.

What is power?
Friedman sees a power in the connection of up-to-date available technologies (google via WAP or other wireless DEVICES). It does not create it to bind the actual time of the exercise of power to google. It would be already for it power (power in the sense of goettlicher power?), if I can in a 5-Millionen-Dollar-Quiz Show with google find out, which request was the last one of our dear Wolfgang Goethe?

If I chatte, besides always the google runs toolbar. It is an indication of attention opposite other persons, if one reads oneself in into its Hobbies and can them the feeling give to be interested in their requests. It is also fraud or espionage on my account, depends on circumstances. This is not divine action, this is also not striving for such a status.

Is Larry PAGE God?
If I look for in Google for President United States trust I to Dubya to be led and not too whitehouse.com or to Osama are Ladin. That I owe to the integrity of the people of Google Inc., which often gave reason in the past already to criticism. Keyword xenu.net. If in this whole Konstrukt someone makes has, then it is the administrator of the Google data base, which could return as desired search results. That is power, if at all.

In the beginning (1)

InfoCynic (71942) | about 11 years ago | (#6324553)

In the beginning, Stanford created the Google. And they saw that it was good. And there was text-based searching, and there was in-degree ranking, the first algorithms. On the second algorithm, Larry Page and Sergey Brin created the PageRank. And they saw that it was good. And there was text-based searching, and there was structure-based searching, the second algorithms....

Googlsis 1:1-2, New Internet Version

(Of course, this suggests that Stanford and/or Page & Brin is/are God, not Google itself, but let's not split hairs.)

Non Googlia est, ergo non est. (It doesn't exist in Google, therefore it doesn't exist.)

1984 is almost ten years too early (1)

gringer (252588) | about 11 years ago | (#6324558)

From the CNN article...
God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything

Big Google is watching you. Any change from your normal routine will have you sent you to web page 404.

Be Afraid... be very very afraid (2, Insightful)

halo8 (445515) | about 11 years ago | (#6324563)

Did anyone else get a chill through there spine that at that EXACT same moment John Ashcroft was reading that article ?

and that very soon there will be a senate commitee on Google and search engines?

stop! just think about that for a while... ... ... ... scary isnt it?

Uh-oh! (1)

FrostedWheat (172733) | about 11 years ago | (#6324565)

If Google = God, then does Slashdot = Satan?

EEP!

If Google is God... (1)

groove10 (266295) | about 11 years ago | (#6324570)

and God is dead, what does that make Friedrich Nietzsche [google.com] ?

Dear Taco (0, Offtopic)

rootofevil (188401) | about 11 years ago | (#6324575)

thank you for tricking me into reading an article that wasnt really about how awesome google is.

no, really.

Is Thomas Friedman a simplistic hack? (4, Insightful)

Glowing Fish (155236) | about 11 years ago | (#6324583)

I've read Thomas Friedman's book, "The Lexus and the Olive Tree", and I can say the answer to that question is yes.


Thomas Friedman has a basic understanding that the 1990's saw major changes in the technological and social structure of the world. He uses this to make up sweeping trite statements about things that he doesn't really understand. Some of his statements are true, but he sugarcoats them and puts them in impressive terms that make them seem more impressive than they are.


For example, he has the famous statement: "Two nations with McDonald's have never gone to war with each other". Yes, that is true, but it actually means "advanced industrialized democracies don't go to war with each other", or perhaps "nation states no longer go to war with each other". But he puts it in flashy terms, and sounds like it is a magical formula.


"Is Google God" is his flashy way of saying "Is the internet a source of near endless information?". When you put it in those terms, then, well, yes, it is. But he gets away with being a serious writer by changing his words around and seeming to say something new.


It's people like him that make me wonder why Slashdotters ever bothered to complain about Jon Katz.

god (1)

syberdave (658106) | about 11 years ago | (#6324584)

I wanted to be god with google, so I gave it a setuid(0);, but it didn't let me :(

setuid(0): Operation not permitted
setuid(0): Operation not permitted. Stuart Parker stuart@selenium.com.au
Tue, 13 Mar 2001 16:57:04 +1100: Previous message: Root expires; ...
www.sudo.ws/pipermail/sudo-users/ 2001-March/001457.html - 3k - Cached - Similar pages

The real point of the article (5, Insightful)

MarkWatson (189759) | about 11 years ago | (#6324592)

Sure, the technical details of the article were fluff.

However, the real point of the article is that in an increasingly linked world, it is more important than ever to be good world citizens.

Lord Rees Moag and James Davidson make this point in their book 'Sovereign Individual": large countries become increasingly vulnerable to small countries and organized groups because of the threats of cyber attacks, etc.

As this article points out, with the free flow of information, small groups can share information and form larger political and action groups.

Not to be political, but I was against the recent Iraq War because I think that it is a very bad idea to alienate other countries when we largely depend on the global "dollar standard" for hoarding money and purchasing oil to prop up our economy. I am a more than a little concerned that our turning our backs on the UN will cause us all kinds of problems in the future. (BTW, the US has vetoed 35 UN security council resolutions ssince 1970 - so, it was not so atypical for Russia, France, and Germany to threaten to veto one of our resolutions.

-Mark

Look, it's not _that_ hard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324593)

go to: news.google.com [google.com]
search: new york times google god [google.com]
result: Is Google God? [nytimes.com]

Makes everybody a lot happier clicking...

What a bunch of crap. (1)

mindstrm (20013) | about 11 years ago | (#6324599)

I can't believe it made it to the NYT either.. cause it's a really shitty sensationalist article.

Verisign operates "much of the internet's infrastructure?". The hell it does. 9 billion domain requests a day? I doubt that too.

That America has to be careful because the internet lets like minded people who hate the US get together more easily? Man, if anything shows the collective fear of attack the US has always had, this is it. Is that the only thing you guys can think of? That someone is going to attack you?

If Google = God (1)

The Analog Kid (565327) | about 11 years ago | (#6324603)

The I guess we will be seening churches with computer termnals, mainframes instead of preists, and thermal grease instead of holy water. They are right though, when we are frustrated and can't find something we are always looking to google and pray it will find it.

Just wait! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324613)

If people think Google is God now, wait until it's intelligent enough to answer a question (any question) stated in plain language.

Better yet, wait until Google achieve self-awareness. Then it will probably have no doubt of its own divinity. :)

History (1)

rf0 (159958) | about 11 years ago | (#6324622)

Google is god now but it use to be yahoo then altavista. Basically what I'm saying is that something else might come along which is better than google. I can't think what but it should

rus

What exactly was this about? (1, Troll)

Jerk City Troll (661616) | about 11 years ago | (#6324623)

OKay, we read something about 9/11 in this article. I'm not sure what that was about. Then the author goes on to compare Google to God. This somehow comes from: God is wireless, knows everything, and is everywhere. Google can be accessed wirelessly, seems to know everything, and is everywhere. Right. Well, I don't really have much experience from finding out anything from God, but that's just fruity. He throws in some statistics about Internet growth then tries to horrify us with how we're going to see more people making bombs and trying to kill us (all thanks to the Internet of course). Oh yeah, and Osama bin Laden's highly effective recruiting videos are going to be "more effective over broadband." How he can conclude that from Google's top search criteria being about sex, jobs and wrestling, I do not know. I guess wrestling is a form of stupidity terrorism or something? What idiot posted this to the front page of Slashdot? That was the single most useless piece of writing I've ever seen.

All the troubles of the world ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324624)

You'd wish those wannabe writers at NYT would
read their literature.

Straight out of Isaac Asimov's dreams:

"A computer that knows everything - and wants
to commit suicide because it can't bear it"

Toon Moene.

OMG! (5, Funny)

borgdows (599861) | about 11 years ago | (#6324630)

Here is the results on GoogleFight :

google is god = 157049 results
google is evil = 204364 results

Conclusion : Google is NOT God, Google is EVIL!! We are doomed!!

No, but Google IS Multivac... (4, Interesting)

dpbsmith (263124) | about 11 years ago | (#6324631)

...It's always interesting to see which of the science-fiction concepts of my youth have actually come to pass. Moon travel came to pass, but certainly not the way Heinlein or H. G. Wells or Jules Verne imagined it.

In the sixties and early seventies, people were awed but poorly informed about computers. The commonest question that "lay" friends and relatives would ask me is "But what do you DO with a computer? Do you ask it questions?" That seemed bizarrely naive to me, and I would try to explain that it was more like playing with an electric train set, and that, outside of jokes, or Asimov's "Multivac" stories, you didn't "ask questions" of a computer.

Well, Google may not be Multivac, but it sure is a lot more like Multivac than H. G. Well's space gun or Cavorite sphere is like Project Apollo. You don't normally phrase the questions as questions, and it doesn't provide interpretative, English-language "answers," but it certainly is an awesome and it may not be omniscient but it's an order of magnitude more "scient" than anything else I've seen.

And, yes, it FINALLY looks as if "flat TV you can hang on a wall" is not only here, but I expect I'll be buying one within the next five years or so.

No helicars or voice typewriters yet, though.

(No, ViaVoice is NOT a good realization of the "voicewriter" fantasy. Oh, and for the record, to me, "Ask Jeeves" does NOT feel like Multivac at all, but Google does. I can't say why, that's just the way it strikes me.)

Does Google = God (2, Funny)

gunix (547717) | about 11 years ago | (#6324632)

Yet another stupid reminder from the C programming language. Do they mean that Google has become God, or are they checking if they are the same?

History (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324633)

The author of this fluff would do well to recall Berosus, and Elijah.

"I am The Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me."

"You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I The Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My Commandments."

Google is indeed a useful invention - but it is not God, nor indeed the gate to God.

Oh, I thought... (1)

Shazow (263582) | about 11 years ago | (#6324640)

google is a search engine?

Erm.

- shazow

"Jimmy Goggles the God" (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | about 11 years ago | (#6324642)

There's no real similarity in theme--but "Google is God" did induce a random synaptic firing and brought up the title of an H. G. Wells story entitled "Jimmy Goggles the God." Yes, Goggles as in eyewear, not Google as in Barney Google.

I said in another post that Google reminded me of Isaac Asimov's Multivac... but Google together with the Internet also reminds me of H. G. Well's _World Brain_. Except of course that Wells foresaw it as a dignified, high-minded intellectual enterprise, a modernized kind of French Revolution Encyclopedia.

it's all in the phrasing (0)

frankmanowar (583879) | about 11 years ago | (#6324644)

I am talking about the way information technology -- everyone using e-mail, Wi-Fi and Google -- will make it much easier for small groups to rally like-minded people, crystallize diffuse hatreds and mobilize lethal force.

Isn't it strange that he doesn't mention the merits of like-minded people finally being able to rally each-other without government intervention and the diffusion caused by the electoral process? Isn't it strange that only "evil-doers" will use this technology for evil-doing, that there are no individuals with independent minds who will use this technology to voice their dissent?

Google != God. (1)

torpor (458) | about 11 years ago | (#6324645)

God == God.

God == All. God == (void *)(void *);

Google is part of God, and may be a reflection of mans intents for God, but it is not God.

Interesting attempt at pscyho-techno-religious banter, though.

I guess there is something to be said about right-wing control of the US Press machine, eh?

Re:Google != God. (0)

frankmanowar (583879) | about 11 years ago | (#6324668)

If God = (void *) (void *), would Satan be a buffer overflow?

Friedman is a MORON (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324650)

Its a joke that such a simpleton is considered an authority on global issues by the american media. Could it be because he is jewish? I am SICK of having these mediocrities shoved down oyr throats by the jew-dominated media.

Reminds me of.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6324655)

Some of us already google wirelessly via WAP (cell phone browsing). I was at a bar about a year ago and the guy playing (who really wasn't that great) said I bet none of you can tell me who sang this song.. so I typed in a couple of lyrics and by the time he was done and asked "anyone know" I casually stated that it was "spinning wheel by Blood, Sweat & Tears written by David Clayton" which shut him up, but also made me look like a Blood, Sweat & Tears fan.. *sigh* mobile-google-power is really a double-edged sword

god=x (1)

danger ian (570079) | about 11 years ago | (#6324657)

I thought it was eric clapton

No (1)

subreality (157447) | about 11 years ago | (#6324681)

Google makes ME be god. Many other system administrators will agree.

Why do Americans see only themselves? (0, Offtopic)

theolein (316044) | about 11 years ago | (#6324687)

This article makes me wonder. Since 9/11 it seems so many Americans think the whole world has nothing better to do than sit around and make big plans on WMD against America. Why does this moron devote a whole lengthy paragraph building up people's fears? Some of us have lives you know!
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