11 Mar 2006 prla   » (Apprentice)

Google Life

I couldn’t go on without writing down this amazing piece on the ThoughtFix blog, entitled The Google Life Dream:

I am in New York on vacation. I’ve never been there before and don’t know where to go or what to do. I’m in the mood for a cup of coffee now, fine Italian meal tonight, and a concert tomorrow. I fire up my Nokia 770 tablet. It peers with my cell phone and pocket GPS receiver over Bluetooth, finds my location, and loads the Google Life site. I quickly tap in “coffee shop” and it suggests several coffee shops within walking distance. One is tagged with free WiFi access and has good reviews from other visitors, so I walk over. Once settled in, I disconnect the cell phone connection and attach to the free WiFi. While sipping my triple-shot Mocha, I look over concerts playing this weekend. It seems that there are tickets still available for one of my favorite musicians. I book the tickets and add the information to my calendar, then confirm my hotel reservations, decide on a restaurant for tonight, and see if there’s anything else interesting nearby. It’s my lucky day: there’s going to be a free Shakespeare play in the park a half mile away in about an hour. This mocha is REALLY good. I have some time to kill: I think I’ll write a positive review of this cafe.

Breathtaking. While there’s some 770 sales pitch going on aswell, I think the real lesson here is that if Google pulls off something like this - which is entirely not too hard to believe, many pieces are already in place - they’ll pretty much steal the proverbial show.

Thoughtfix says he would pay up to $50/month for this kind of convenience. How much would you pay for it?

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