Sunday, March 8, 2009
Staff Writer, Bradley Bowden
McKinney, TX – A very serious accident was prevented today on 75 Northbound in McKinney, Texas. Authorities are crediting Google with yet another display of their incredible talent. According to Google officials, their program Wisdom Attained Through Compiling History (W.A.T.C.H.) was able to send out multiple signals to several cars in the area, overriding the manual controls, and automatically re-routing the traffic into a non-accident producing pattern.
“We estimate that there were 7 lives saved today as a result of the W.A.T.C.H. program” stated the Google official. “All total that’s 2,457 lives that have been saved since our program went online six months ago.” …
COULD THIS REALLY HAPPEN?
Have you ever just been minding your own business when all of the sudden a picture/event pops into your head and you wonder… where the heck did that come from? Especially if it’s of some future type event, that you know hasn’t happened yet, and because of the bizarreness of the vision, it’s almost unbelievable.
Wait… are you saying that you have? or that you haven’t? Well, either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this nearly science fiction type vision that popped into my head the other day. When I saw it, it was very real. Let’s just say, it was sort of a mix between Minority Report and the Matrix. It’s what prompted me to write the “future” headline and article above.
I was actually driving at the time when suddenly I was picturing a multi-car accident playing out in my mind… not such a big deal, I’ve had those before, but here is where the bizarre part comes in. This accident, which was obviously some time in the future was being prevented and even reversed by something.
You see in my futuristic vision Google had become so powerful, so virtually connected to every aspect of our lives, that their computers were able to prevent this accident. They were collecting data on everything from traffic conditions, types of cars on the road, who was on the road, who had insurance, how many accidents had taken place at that location in the past, how many accidents the drivers in the area had been in, their moods (via Twitter & Facebook and something called Plooter – I have no idea, but I’ve got dibs on the name), how much gas was in each car, who was falling asleep at the wheel (due to networked retina scans inside the vehicle), etc., etc. I think you get the point.
Now, Google was able to extract all of this information, drop it into a aggregator and instantly compare it to all historical data to determine that an accident was about to happen. In my vision, which only lasted a half-second, the accident started in slow motion, but half way through, it reversed (very Matrix style as if I could have watched the event from any angle I wanted to – This would have been possible since, in the future, there will literally be cameras recording events from every angle imaginable, including the view from our own eyes.)
So, there I was, driving into a non-existent accident scene because the Google bots had caused one or more of the cars to slow down just enough to avoid the catalyst that started what could have been a horrific accident scene with tremendous loss of life. Horray for Google they saved the day… or did they? This kind of gives new meaning to “Google Earth“.
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