October 03, 2010
Eric Schmidt: No Embedded Google Implant

In an interview with The Atlantic the CEO of Google reveals he does not want to implant a Google interface into people's brains. Luddite.

The end of the interview turned to the future of technology. When Bennet asked about the possibility of a Google "implant," Schmidt invoked what the company calls the "creepy line."

"Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it," he said. Google implants, he added, probably crosses that line.

This brings back memories of the 1967 classic The President's Analyst starring James Coburn where the "Phone Company" kidnaps him to try to convince him to support the implantation of a mini-phone into the brain of all American citizens. Here is a clip from the movie about the Cerebrum Communicator. I can't understand his character's skepticism. Today such a device would include web search capability integrated with blog post capability. I could write my blog with my eyes closed.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 October 03 07:00 PM  Cyborg Tech


Comments
Tuck said at October 3, 2010 7:40 PM:

I love that movie. I think you're the only other person I'm aware of who's seen it. ;)

Randall Parker said at October 3, 2010 7:54 PM:

Tuck,

I do not understand why The President's Analyst isn't more popular. It is much more entertaining than better known movies from the same period. I'd rather watch it than watch The Graduate for example. Yet The Graduate is far better known.

If anyone reading this hasn't seen The President's Analyst then take the time to see it. It is a pretty funny way to capture what was changing in America during that time period.

CyclemotorEngineer said at October 4, 2010 9:01 AM:

Randall,

I never even heard of The President's Analyst. Will check it out. The movie Demon Seed has a similar subject matter, and is from the same time. Have you seen it?

Also, while you might write a blog with eyes closed, you might also be overwhelmed with garbage before closing them.

PacRim Jim said at October 4, 2010 10:28 AM:

Should I have mine removed, then?

Nate Whilk said at October 4, 2010 12:17 PM:

Another fan of TPA here. For those who have never seen it, rent it now. Or at least check out the other clips on YouTube.

"Google implants, he added, probably crosses that line."

Probably? How reassuring.

"You don't want the Google implant? Fine, absolutely fine, that's your own choice. Oh, before you go, I just need to press this little red button here."

Mthson said at October 4, 2010 9:09 PM:

'The creepy line' refers to the 'yuck factor'... enjoyed by supernaturalists and the superstitious.

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