Like It or Not, Google Inc (GOOG) Is Shaping Your Future: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

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The future is anything but certain, but that doesn’t stop Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) from predicting what technologies consumers will want over next few years. The company’s current innovations are already influencing industries — and probably your future.

Through the looking glass
You may have heard about a little thing called Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass: a hands-free, voice-activated pair of computerized glasses. The glasses are the latest form of wearable computing, set for a consumer release at the end of this year. They transform everyday experiences and interactions into something that can be shared, recorded, and documented without missing a beat.


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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass enables users to take photos and videos at the moment of experience, get directions overlaid on top of the real world, stream live moments, and send calls and texts with minimal device interaction. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass is more than a gimmick or a science-fiction trinket — it’s a technological contrivance that blurs the lines between technology and life.

That may seem slightly dramatic, but almost every technological device that is truly revolutionary seems overhyped and oversold at its beginning. Take a step back 20 years ago and imagine asking your phone to remind you about your latest appointments, or reaching for a device in your backpack that holds thousands of books inside it, or another device in your pocket that can tell you where you are anywhere in the world and connect you to any person. All of these are now ho-hum technologies that we now take for granted, but they were, and still are, amazing innovations.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s Siri lets us talk to computers and have them (admittedly, not always perfectly) answer us back and help us find information. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s Kinect gives us control of computerized devices without even touching a screen, like Tom Cruise in Minority Report. But a virtual personal assistant, gesture controls, and Kindle books don’t paint the whole picture. For technology to truly improve our lives, it needs to get out of our way and simply work for us. With Google Glass, the company is attempting to do just that, by taking the technology out of our hands and allowing us to experience things as they used to be, before we had to grab our phone to remember the memory.

But Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s tech ambitions go much further than wearable computers. The company wants its technology to save lives, and it’s set its sights on driverless cars to make help make that happen.

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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s widely publicized self-driving car has driven more than 300,000 miles since 2010, without a single computer-related accident (although a few minor incidents have occurred at the hands of human drivers). Cars that park themselves have been available for years, and a growing number of vehicles can already detect pedestrians and other vehicles, automatically speed up or slow down vehicles on the highway, and stop a vehicle when a driver isn’t paying attention. The next step in innovation is combining all of those technologies into one system.


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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s pursuit of car autonomy has already influenced the automotive industry. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Audi and Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:TM) are all working on their own autonomous vehicles, and as of the end of last year, Nevada, Florida, and California allowed Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) to use driverless cars on their public roads.

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