An app and a credit card. That’s all you need to use one of Google’s driverless cars in any city in the United States. We have to surrender ourselves to the creation of the white men of Silicon Valley.
However, it’s not the driverless taxi that the technology giant has brought within reach which fascinates me, but rather a free search engine connected to all knowledge. You can learn what is known, what has been known and what will be known in an instant, just by typing on a computer or a mobile phone.
By ‘googling’ you can find your father, learn who is going to win an election, and confirm whether the person who said "Carthage must be destroyed" was Cato the Elder or Cato the Younger. Billions of people are hooked on the journey toward information and delight.
The influence of this network is so great that Donald Trump, having emerged from a storm cloud, now accuses the internet search engine of favoring the Democrats. Besides, all parties use paid hitmen to insult each other and anonymously slander their opponents.
It said that the three geniuses who devised modern day scientific thinking were Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx. Darwin was the founder of rationalist biology on the parallel, although unequal, evolution of the scorpion and the monkey. Freud, now outdated, invented psychoanalysis. Marx rectified the bases of politics, which Lenin exaggerated, saying that his doctrine was all-powerful because it was accurate. He was mistaken in thinking that capitalism was transitory, but it is clear that he changed the way of reasoning.
It is very possible that someday it will be said that the cultural revolution, a thousand times superior to what the press reported, was organized by Sergey Brin and Larry Page on a pingpong table in a California garage. They predicted that "Google will be the third half of our brain." The two nerds created an infinite data sequence synthesized in an algorithm and were inspired by the term ‘googol’, which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
The prodigious search engine is always on call, like a pharmacy. It directed us away from the vice that is television, it took us to the library without having to trawl the shelves, and it taught us, without cultural ministers, to navigate the latest knowledge and information. We connect without cable and we travel with all the planet’s beings. There’s nothing decent about threatening us with a driverless car in order to make even more money.