How many times have you turned into a raging monster after stumbling upon a spoiler that ruined your favourite TV show or hotly anticipated movie? That can wreck your whole day, dammit! Well Google may have found a way to stop that from ever happening again.
Yesterday Google scored a patent to create a big-brothery-type of content processing app that they say will put an end to us accidentally reading spoilers about our favourite TV shows, books and films.
According to Google the program will track the type of content that we individually love to consume and track how far along we are into them (creepy). With that info, the app can blur out social feeds that contain spoilers and will give pop-up ads warning us that rage inducing spoilers lie ahead.
The company says that the program will be able to be used in group settings, like book or film clubs, to compare each others’ progress. You can even request spoilers if you’re, you know…that type of person.
On one hand, this may put an end to jerks on the internet spoiling our favourite entertainment indulgences. On the other hand, this can be seen as a creepy invasion of privacy and a major Google cash grab. As one user commented, “I bet this would really help Google sell ad space too.”
Would you be interested in using the program? If it works, you’d only have to worry about your jerky real life friends and work mates ruining TV and movies for you.