Kicking off a week of “What If” futures incasting scenarios for the world of 25 years from now; the good, the bad, and the ugly…
Google Government Launches Today
EasyGov startup application one of many facets replacing outmoded bureaucracy
GENEVA—After passing unanimously in the UN Committees for Better Governance and Clean Tech last year, government.google.com initiated governance interfaces globally this morning at 12:01 GMT. “We are grateful for the trust engendered from the global community,” Google Chancellor David C. Drummond said via YouTube hololink today. “For years we have worked tirelessly to improve the processes of voting, emergency response, law enforcement, and legislation. Today, we are able to bundle all of these services and offer them, without cost, to governments and citizens everywhere.” The efficiency and technological boost was enabled by Google’s acquisition of the Coca-Cola company in 2014, quickly supplanting its trademark drink with Google Gulp, the neuron-organizing, protein-reading potable version of Google Desktop… [Continued, A.428]
Yeah, I remember this exercise, loads of fun. A great intro to qualitative thinking and scenario development. Your story was thought-provoking, and interesting in light of one of Google’s top executives jumping ship recently for Facebook – despite the difference between the Google company environment and the Facebook privacy flap. This months “Fast Company” issue lists Google as the #1 innovative company for their atmosphere of open collaboration and unique processes. Hmm, and they don’t even employ a futurist! (LOL!)
Excellent fun, Mike. Almost too authentic.
In a lifetime of what ifs, I have seen scenarios unfold that when first considered decades earlier were similar belly laughs.
I’ll bet the sign up to register to vote only requires my Google account, and a sworn statement that you’ve never downloaded a Microsoft update.
Funny or frightening?