I 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.)
|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.