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Google seeks to know how busy your local bar or nightspot is

Pointing out the arguably creepy features of Google that include anonymised ping-backs from cell phone accelerometers to see how fast people are going, the Guardian’s article goes on to explain that this same technology can easily determine how busy your local bar is, by the number of data streams coming from a particular location, if it corresponds to a local hotspot, giving the end user some idea of how many people are crowding around inside their favorite local watering hole or park, or conceivably anywhere you wanted that had been registered in such a way. 

It is profound, the depth of data being moved around today to determine movements of the people. See for yourself, some recent articles on the subject. 

From The Guardian: The technology giant is now using live data to let you know exactly how crowded your local cafe, restaurant or tourist attraction is. Does it work? 

One of the creepiest – and most useful – Google inventions has been its ability to predict traffic jams by using anonymised ping-backs from mobile phones to tell how fast everyone is moving. 

Now, the technology giant is rolling out the same thing for places using live data. Although, since July 2015, the Popular Times section of Google Maps has provided a bar graph showing how busy a bar, museum or restaurant is at any given time, this is just based on averages.

How accurate will the new feature be? Rather than just believe our Alphabet overlords, we road-tested the system by dawdling around five of London’s biggest attractions.

Tate Modern
Tower of London
The London Eye
Dishoom, King’s Cross branch
Nopi, Soho

See the conclusions at the Guardian website. It’s astounding to think of the power at the fingertips of the people who control the data input flows, for they surely know much more information about those streams of data than they are allowed to publicly state. What power it must be to create AI that can watch over all of it, as they are planning now, with Deep Mind technology and the Google AI divisions. Could it possibly be that Google is already an AI that is loose and not in control by anyone and that it predicts what we want before we even ask for it simply by a matter of running an algorithm against our social media profiles? 

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