Google can point us in the right direction, track down the perfect dinner recipe, and even help us determine if solar energy is right for our homes. Can it also predict the future?
That's the idea behind "Google Fortunetelling," which encourages you to ask a question about your future. Instead of reading the digital tea leaves, however, the site offers some suggestions from the point of view of an international refugee. It's a poignant reminder that the things we may be worried about likely pale in comparison to questions like "Will I ever be reunited with my family?" or "Is there a place where I can give my children a safe future?"
After a moment of letting that sink in, the page shifts gears to explain the site and offer some ways for people to help.
"OF COURSE WE CAN'T PREDICT YOUR FUTURE!," the site reads. "But 60 million refugees ask themselves every day if they have a future at all. So we used a fake Google-site to get your attention because apparently you were interested in your own future. Please take a moment to think of their future."
While the clever ruse wasn't created by Google (a Web design company in the Netherlands came up with the idea), the search giant apparently isn't making any moves to take it down either. Just last week, Google matched $5.5 million in donations to be shared between four international humanitarian organizations.
"These nonprofits are helping deliver essential assistance — including shelter, food and water, and medical care — and looking after the security and rights of people in need," Rita Masoud, product marketing manager for the company's charitable arm and a former war refugee, wrote in the official blog post.
To help assist and create a better future for someone in desperate need, have your fortune read here.