I can only say that my fascination with Google continues to grow daily.
Years ago, I used to joke, "What is this G-O-O-G-L-E?"
But now, I know and marvel at how Google is information!
And every type of information from news and facts to shopping and entertainment:
Research is Google.
eCommerce is Google.
Entertainment is Google.
Google this...Google that.
Archive, index, search, discover, access...learn, grow.
Google has quite literally ushered in a new age of enlightenment, no really!
The focus is on information...Google's mission statement is:
"Organize the world's information and make it universally acceptable and useful."
If you believe that knowledge and learning is one of the core underpinnings for personal growth and global development then you can appreciate how Google has been instrumental in unleashing the information age we are living in.
Of course, information can be used for good and for evil--we still have free choice.
But hopefully, by building not only our knowledge, but also understanding of risks, consequences, each other, and our purpose in life--we can use information to do more good than harm (not that we don't make mistakes, but they should be part of our learning as opposed to coming from malevolent intentions).
Google is used for almost 2/3 of all searches.
Google has over 5 million eBooks and 18 million tunes.
Google's YouTube has over 4 billion hours of video watched a month.
Google's Blogger is the largest blogging site with over 46 million unique visitors in a month.
But what raises Google as the information provider par excellence is not just that they provide easy to use search and access to information, but that they make it available anytime, anywhere.
Google Android powers 2/3 of global smartphones.
Google Glass has a likely market potential for wearable IT and augmented reality of $11B by 2018.
Google's Driverless Car will help "every person [traveling] could gain lost hours back for working, reading, talking, or searching the Internet."
Google Fiber is bringing connection speeds 100x faster than traditional networking to Kansas City, Provo, and Austin.
Google is looking by 2020 to bring access to the 60% of the world that is not yet online.
Dr. Astro Teller who oversees Google[x] lab and "moonshot factory" says, "we are serious as a heart attack about making the world a better place," and he compares themselves to Willy Wonka's magical chocolate factory. (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
I like chocolate and information--and yes, both make the world a better place. ;-)
(Source Photo: here by (a)artwork)