Which is more evil, Google or Apple Inc.?
One way to think of the current competition between Apple [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”] and Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] is as a race to be the 21st Century version of a 19th Century handmaid or manservant — a hyperefficient personal assistant who knows where you are, where you’re going, whom you know, what you wear, what you eat, how much unread mail you have and how much weight you need to lose.
Neither is there yet, but that’s where the two companies are headed. And at Apple’s WWDC three weeks ago and Google’s I/O Wednesday, each introduced a flood of programming tools designed to help developers build applications that gather that kind of information, toss it from app to app and device to device, and display it on anything with a screen — wrist watch, smartphone, computer, TV, car dashboard.
All this makes some people terribly nervous. “You all work for a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people!” a protestor shouted at Google ‘s I/O keynote, before being escorted…
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