Last night I was lying in bed, starting my regular evening orison to the Deity after reflection, when I unintentionally uttered the word Google instead of using the word God. I froze in horror and then immediately corrected myself. But it got me thinking about the reality that Google (or technology in general) really is the deus ex machina, or in the English translation of the Latin, God from the machine. I’d been reading about Chrome OS adding Linux apps before bed and I often tell my Google Home Mini (OK Google…) to play ocean sounds when I’m trying to fall asleep; so my mistake was easily dismissible as momentary mental residue rising to the surface when invoking God in simple prayer. Yet this morning, I was still thinking about the weirdness of the slip up as I was commuting to work when I saw a sign about a local 5K race. The sign read “GOOGLE IT” at the bottom. Was this some kind of coincidence? A fluke? This really got my mind to reeling. Google started off as a proper noun, became a term frequently used as a verb, became an AI, and now I confuse it with the Deity when fatigued at the end of the day when starting to pray. While this is just a random thread of thought, it does give me pause.