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Google is Skynet, and other Internet conspiracies

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(Read caption) Google is Skynet? Google is going to take over the world? It's certainly on people's minds.

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Google is going to take over the world. Not really, but it's fun to imagine. As the Internet behemoth lays claim to more and more territory – books, smart phones, voice mail, magazines, maps, electricity meters, we could go on – Google has long passed the critical mass needed to become the butt of many, many conspiracy theories.

The US government is investigating Google's book deal. But are they looking into what many Internet users fear – that Google is Skynet from Terminator series?

Fast Company compiled a fun list of similarities:

Is Google SkyNet? In a word: Yes. In fact, in some ways, it's even smarter. SkyNet didn't assume worldwide domination until 2029, while Google has already effectively monopolized search and it's only 2009.

GoogleSkyNet
Established
September 4, 1998August 4, 1997
Built by
Cybergeek PhD studentsCyberdyne Systems
Goal
Eliminate 404 errorEliminate human military error
Origin
Menlo Park, CASunnyvale, CA
Cost
$1.1 million initial investment~3 billion human lives
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