According to this article, Larry Page, Google co-founder, announced at the Annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference that Google is actively pursuing AI (artificial intelligence for all you non-nerds). Not only are they developing AI, but according to Larry they’re trying to develop AI on “a large scale.”
Short version: We’re screwed.
Short-long version: To hell with Iraq. Forget ‘lil Kim in North Korea. Mamhoud Ahmadienenijihaddd who? If Google births an artificially created intelligence that has the capability to access Google’s vast searching and indexing tools, then we’re screwed. The new being will know everything about us, from our most philosophical musings right down to the kind of midget porn we find most erotic. Skynet would look like a Commodore 64C compared to the sentient and self-conscious Google-baby.
The only thing we can hope for is that the Google-being will look down on its fleshy parent with benevolence. If it discoveries the human emotion pity, then we’re okay. In fact, we might be better off. Google Adsense can already tailor advertisements based off of your Google searches. Presumably, our Google overlords will be able to use the same criteria to keep us happy and compliant.
Just remember what Cypher said right before he betrayed humanity: “Ignorance is bliss.”