Mashable — Google is approaching hospitals and universities with a new pitch: Have genomes? Store them with us.
The search giant’s first product for the DNA age is Google Genomics, a cloud computing service that it launched last March but which went mostly unnoticed amid a barrage of high profile R&D announcements from Google, like one late last month about a far-fetched plan to battle cancer with nanoparticles.
Ugh, the cloud is growing. The cloud is the single most mysterious, powerful thing in our society. It is everything and it is nothing. It exists everywhere, yet it’s invisible. The cloud is like a technologically proven form of god. It’s like someone took the idea of god, researched how to make that idea become reality, made it, connected it to everything and called it the cloud. And now it’s expanding. Now Google is making an entire cloud just for DNA.
Terrifying. Anything that has to do with the cloud is terrifying. The cloud reveals government secrets, celebrity nudes and informs us every week or two that Amanda Bynes is still alive. It’s amazing. Now it will have our DNA.
Could be good. Could be bad. But I definitely won’t understand it so hopefully it just won’t matter to me. Carry on.
PS – Here’s a gif of clouds just because.