Nine Billion Names of…Google?
The idea in Clarke’s story is that technology would eventually bring its own demise. When a Hindu monk buys a computer to compute the nine billion names of god, which he believed (among with other monks) will bring about the end of the world, as the computer finishes its job, the prophecy does come true and the stars start disappearing from the sky.
Having found the story by Kachelries and seeing the illustration really made me wonder about Clarke’s story and Google, especially since just a few hours ago I just had a conversation with Michael who insisted that Google will eventually “offer to buy my soul.”
Although I seriously doubt that Google will bring about the end of the world, it is becoming more and more obvious that Google now controls and monitors a huge part of many people’s lives with email, online documents, desktop search, web albums, and many other services – which is almost the point that Kachelries is trying to get across in her story: that Google keeps everything and therefore knows everything.
Needless to say I used Google to find Kachelries’ story…