I was in the midst of a career transition. I had spent three years
working as a management consultant and then at a startup, but I
wanted to become a computer engineer. I was earning a Master’s in
computer science through Georgia Tech’s online program. I knew
that I was slowly developing the skills that I would need in an
engineering role, but I still lacked the confidence to apply for a
full-time software role.
One morning, while working on a project, I Googled “python lambda
function list comprehension.” The familiar blue links appeared,
and I started to look for the most relevant one.
But then something unusual happened.
The search results split and folded back to reveal a box that said
“You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?”
Like much of what Google does, this is both incredibly clever and incredibly creepy.
It makes me wonder how much Google knows and tracks about queries from programmers at competing companies. Do companies like Apple have policies or recommended practices regarding what employees do with Google services?