13 September 2009

The Church of Google

We all know I heart Google. I saw this article and had to share part of it:

Google inspires awe, which is one reason why the Church of Google has appeared on the internet. The site (founded in 2006 by a young Canadian, Matt MacPherson) posits this argument: ''We at the Church of Google believe the search engine Google is the closest humankind has ever come to directly experiencing an actual God (as typically defined). We believe there is much more evidence in favour of Google's divinity than there is for the divinity of other more traditional gods. Thus, Googlists believe Google should rightfully be given the title of 'God.' ''

The Church of Google offers what it calls nine proofs:

1. Google is the closest thing to an omniscient (all-knowing) entity in existence.

2. Google is everywhere at once (omnipresent).

3. Google answers prayers. (''As an example, you can quickly find information on alternative cancer treatments, or new and innovative medical discoveries, and generally anything that resembles a typical prayer.'')

4. Google is potentially immortal.

5. Google is infinite. (The internet can theoretically grow forever.)

6. Google remembers all.

7. Google can do no evil. (Google's corporate philosophy is ''do no evil''.)

8. Google is believed. (The term ''Google'' is searched for more than the terms ''God'', ''Jesus'', ''Allah'', ''Buddha'', ''Christianity'' and ''Islam'' combined.)

9. Evidence of Google's existence is abundant. No faith is required.

Beyond this elegant spoof, and the serious philosophical argument it makes in favour of atheism, the entire Google phenomenon takes us down the slippery path of artificial intelligence, a direction computer science appears to be heading. Every day, the vast Google machine of 500,000 computer servers processes about 500 million queries. So many people are using Google that it is becoming akin to the collective brain of western society.


Read the whole article at Stuff

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