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Google the wind maker, Google the car driver, -- what should Google make next?

(Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

On the front page of the New York Times today: Google invests in wind power. On the front page of the Financial Times today: Google readies its own "Google Price Index."

Over the weekend, Google announced a car that drove itself. Last week, Google got in on the television game.

Remember when Google was just a simple white Web page, a colorful logo and a search box? Those days have long since passed.

Though the company has concentrated mainly on Web-based products, it is now moving increasingly into hardware products, such as Google TV and the development of the self-driving car. It is also setting itself up to replace traditional data services, such as Google Health, which digitizes medical records, and the Google Price Index, which, according to the Financial Times, is "a daily measure of inflation that could one day provide an alternative to official statistics."

Some people do not like Google's growth because of privacy concerns, and the company has stumbled noticeably in the social media realm, particularly with Google Wave and Google Buzz.

It also doesn't help calm alarmists' fears when the CEO says, "We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are, with your permission. We know where you've been, with your permission. We can more or less now what you're thinking about." He recently made that announcement at the Washington Ideas Forum in an interview with the Atlantic.

Despite the fumbles, the company will continue to reach out in new directions. Post technology writer Cecilia Kang notes, "It gives engineers 20 percent of their time paid to work on projects apart from their core tasks."

So we wonder, what are some products you'd like to see Google invent next? Tweet your nominations with #googlenext and we'll add the best to our list.

"Google should totally start a dating service. They know everything about us," The Post's Andrea Caumont wrote in an e-mail.

I'd like to see a time-traveling Google Delorean.

Where would you like Google to go next?

By Melissa Bell  | October 12, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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Be careful. Google SEEMS benign, but they envision a world, or have a world-view that not all, and I'd even stand out on a limb and say MOST Americans don't share. Also remember, that if you participate in many of their free tools, even if they don't track it, somewhere in the image, in the shadows, where it can be data mined -- and face it, whose better than Google at that? -- they know everything about you. They know who you email and what you email about. They know what you're thinking about and looking for on the internet. And, they take many industries, boil it down to advertising very efficiently, making possibly millions of jobs obsolete. What happens when you work in a knowledge economy and knowledge is free? I suppose we can all go back to farming...

Posted by: NovaMike | October 12, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

What should Google make next?

How about another billion dollars!

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

How about a virtual government?

Posted by: redclaws | October 12, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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