Google is finding more and more ways to integrate itself into nearly every aspect of our lives.
Google has the largest search engine in the world, biggest video platform (YouTube), biggest web browser (Chrome), most-used email service (Gmail,) and the largest mobile operating system (Android).
What that all means is that Google essentially knows everything about us — be that what we search for, what ads we click on, what we write about, what we watch, and what apps we like.
Google's moonshot projects — like Google Glass and driverless cars — are merely the next steps in Google's quest to become a total knowledge company. Google's driverless cars mean the company will know your driving habits and where you like to go. With Glass, people can access information in real-time without having to check a phone.
Google's recent acquisitions hint that it's about to go even further. It's moving toward knowing everything about us — not just in the online world, but also in the offline world.
Google is about to have satellites watching everything in near real-time.
Thanks to Google's $500 million acquisition of Skybox Imaging, Google has an all-seeing eye in the sky. Skybox Imaging has access to loads of high-resolution imagery and video of landscapes throughout the world.
"Their satellites will help keep our maps accurate with up-to-date imagery," Google said at the time of the acquisition. "Over time, we also hope that Skybox's team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has long been interested in."
But Google failed to mention that it also now has the intelligence to determine things like when the next iPhone will be released. That's because Skybox measures the density of trucks outside Foxconn. If Google keeps a close eye on Foxconn, it could theoretically use that information to decide the optimal time to start discounting products, or ramping up its marketing campaigns.
In short, Google essentially now has its own surveillance network and inside knowledge of Apple's manufacturing operations.
Or anyone else's operations, for that matter.
Google's drones can monitor anything from oil spills to deforestation. The drones can stay in the air for up to five years.
Google bought Titan Aerospace this year for its high-flying solar powered drones, for a reported $60 million.
Titan Aerospace, via Google, is developing a solar-powered drone called an "Armostat," which is an atmospheric satellite.
The idea is to use the drones to beef up Google's Maps and Google Earth products, as well as help bring internet to parts of the world that are not yet connected.
Google's robots can crawl, jump, climb, and gallop, even over tough terrain.
Google spent an undisclosed amount on Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that specializes in building robots and software for human simulation.
The company is best known for its robot BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military.
Its robots need to react independently to their environment — and perfecting that type of machine-learning is widely regarded as the key to the next phase of tech.
Assuming that Google successfully deploys internet access to the two-thirds of the world without it, the robots could make it easier for new users to understand the web.
Soon, Google will know what you do inside your home thanks to its acquisition of smart thermostat Nest.
Google could easily become your next power company, thanks in part to its energy-related investments and its $3.2 billion acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest.
Google's energy investments include residential solar power company SunPower, Panhandle 2 wind farm, and Elon Musk's SolarCity. In fact, Google has invested over $1 billion in wind and solar projects.
Meanwhile, Google's acquisition of Nest "ought to give utility officials a sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs," Adrian Tuck, CEO of energy company Tendril Networks, told Bloomberg. Tuck thinks the Nest acquisition could be just the thing that gives Google a back door into the utility industry, given that the consensus is that the battle over the next five years in electricity will be in the home.
With Nest, Google could leverage its smart, energy-saving thermostats and smoke detectors into "massive quantities of salable demand response," Tuck said, even as it starts to directly compete with some of the companies it's invested in.
Before its acquisition of Nest, Google had already been tinkering with an app to control a smart thermostat to help people manage their home energy.
Google still has some work to do when it comes to privacy.
Google's motto has long been "Don't be evil." By and large, it has kept its word.
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