If Google is a religion, what is its God? It would have to be The Algorithm. Faith in the possibility of an omniscient and omnipotent algorithm appears to be what Messrs Page and Brin have in common.
Google is already working on a massive and global computing grid. Eventually, says Mr Saffo, ?they’re trying to build the machine that will pass the Turing test??in other words, an artificial intelligence that can pass as a human in written conversations. Wisely or not, Google wants to be a new sort of deus ex machina.”