Google Could Be In Charge Of Your Socializing
Posted: December 7, 2013 by Alex Chan
How social can you be if software is doing the socializing for you? Google has submitted a patent for technology that will manage your social media usage. This software will use your social data and create a cyber-like version of you.
The software, or Internet bot, will learn a user's behavior and suggest updates as well as replies. For example, it can learn how one tweets or Facebooks so it can replicate that practice. In order for the bot to learn, Google must access the user's flow of data across the Internet, including emails, text messages and social networks.
There is a huge privacy issue raised over the patent as all data revealed may harm the privacy of the users. Nick Pickles, the director of an organization dedicated to protecting privacy-Big Brother Watch, expresses his concerns: "That sort of data is valuable to both governments and companies, so I'm extremely concerned about any technology that purports to offer convenience while in reality exposing more of our private communications to prying eyes.". However, it is the users who will decide and designate what to share with Google.
The patent was filed in 2011, but still hasn't been materialized into a product.