5 Places You’ll Find Google in 10 Years

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Search giant Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has made no secret of its plans to expand beyond the digital realm. The company has stocked up on firms ranging in specializations like home monitoring and metrics to unmanned aerial vehicles and robotics. Having accumulated more than 140 companies over the past decade, Google has become an amalgamation of diverse technology, and one that is pushing boundaries on many business and social fronts.

So far, the company’s acquisitions seem to have no united theme fueling the action, a seeming mishmash of random companies most likely purchased as as way to head off future competition. There have been purchases that drew a lot of attention, like the acquisition of YouTube in 2006 and more recently the onboarding of Boston Dynamics last year, which led many to theorize that Google intends to turn itself into Skynet.

One theory is that the high rate of acquisitions is not only for technology and revenue-generating products, but also to bring on as many talented developers as possible. With a literal army of entrepreneurs spread across the globe working under one unified entity, there’s no telling how far Google could spread their influence, or how much social and political clout it can muster.

From fiber-optics networks to wearable technology, Google is quickly graduating from being simply an advertising machine to something much more. So where will Google be in a decade? A simpler answer might be to ask where they won’t be. Here are five places you can expect to find the search giant within the next ten years.

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