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Google Anti-Spoiler Patent is Awesomely Magical and Totally Creepy

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 8, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 8, 2015 |

According to Time Magazine, Google was awarded a patent this week that will merge one of your favorite things — watching streaming television — with one of your least favorite things, getting spoiled on plot points on those streaming television shows.

The patent suggests that the system would track your TV or movie viewing progress—what episode of Orange Is the New Black you’re on, for example—and filter out information on what you haven’t yet watched.

Being awarded a patent, of course, doesn’t mean that the technology exists already; just that Google is developing it. In theory, the idea sounds pretty cool, since no one wants to be spoiled on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. On the other hand, it’s kind of creepy that we may soon live in a world where the cloud will track our progress on individual television shows and know enough about us to black out content they deem spoilery. Naturally, no one wants to be spoiled on The Anna Lingus Chronicles, but on the other hand, do you really want people knowing that you’re watching The Anna Lingus Chronicles (spoiler: They all get it in the end. SEE WHAT I DID THERE?)

Can we get that thingamajig for politics, too? Because I don’t know how the 2016 election will turn out, but I just as soon have Google block out all mentions of Ted Cruz on my computer.

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