I woke up this morning and found the Internet was running around banging its head into walls again. Great, I thought, either another celebrity died or Apple’s released a new phone. Or maybe both. Maybe Steven Jobs died and resurrected himself as the True Jesus Phone.

Thankfully, it turned out to be none of that. Google released a short, but tantalizing statement about their new OS, named uncreatively enough, Google Chrome OS. In the press release, Google promises an OS targeted toward netbooks, but scalable up to desktop PCs, with a boot time measured in seconds, not minutes and the best part? It’ll be totally free.

My friends and I are already visibly turgid over Google’s last announcement, Google Wave. I plan on shoving all of my writing over to Waves where people will be able to edit and provide critiques. No more need for stupid Facebook invites to events, either. Just start a Wave for an event and send it out to everyone. That’s not even getting into the options for gaming and creative group projects.

But, when you combine the ideas in my head from Google Wave with a 3lb netbook with a 6+ hour battery life for less than $500, you change my fucking life. In a good way. This is something to be watched.

Oh, as an aside, there was a line in the press release:

They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files.

That got me thinking about a video I saw a few years back that talked about Google basically taking over the world in a benevolent way with user-specific data. After about thirty minutes of digging, I found the video. This version is shit for quality, but you can find the original here.

Now, I want you to think about what you watched and how spot on those people were. The iPhone/iPod Touch is the iPod Wifi. Google’s iReader is Newsbotseter. Google Wave is Google Grid. Instead of the NTY suing Google, the AP did. Oh, and that last bit about geotagged podcasts? That’s fucking Twitter, just with sound instead of text.

Let that sink in for a second, bring it to a simmer then add this: We are now able to prophecy our future because of consumer trends and technology functionality.