Is Google The Daemon?

June 18, 2007 - Get free updates of new posts here

The Daemon Book By Leinad ZerausI just finished reading The Daemon by Leinad Zeraus. This book is awesome. For all you tech geeks, this is a must read. I’m not going to spoil the book for you, but after completing it, a thought crossed my mind that Google has a lot in common with the daemon. (I like Google, so this is not really to bash them, but.)

  Google The Daemon
Automation Although Google is hiring more and more people, they try to automate as much as possible. Everything starts out automated by the Daemon. It even is triggered automatically.
If you are a heavy Google user (Search, gmail, analytics, etc) Google can build a profile of you better than you even know yourself. The Daemon thrives on data. It gathers data from every sources it comes into contact with and even recruits people to accomplish this goal.
Distributed Google is opening up office and data centers all over the world, to minimize the impact of downtime and geographical impacts. The daemon runs on millions of machines and keeps on taking over new machines and giant data centers from large corporations.
Life Control Google wants to tell you exactly how to run your life, or at least make a strong suggestion. If you submit to the daemon, and are smart enough, it will run every step of your life (and you’ll probably like it).
Maps Google is investing heavily into maps as it becomes more relevant and more local for users. The daemon relies on game maps and real world maps and mashed up maps for its work.
Neutrality Although Google is in it to make a profit, they strive to appear to be neutral and as a utility. The daemon doesn’t care how it acts, it has no ulterior motive, except for it’s final purpose.
Superpowers Some people, such as Matt Cutts wield “super” powers over their domains and essentially over other people. Different levels bring different powers when you’re part of the daemon, such as the level 40 sorcerer.

There’s a lot more comparisons between the daemon and Google and I would urge everybody to go read this book, it’s novel and reads fast. In the book you’ll also find a lot of future technologies that are currently being developed and interesting and their application in the real world.

This book was recommended by Mr. Google himself: Matt Cutts.