Sick of accidentally stumbling upon piles and piles of information that you never really intended to know about?
Lately, it has been increasingly hard for people who just want to live their lives one day at a time— people who don’t really have any intention of wanting to know what happens in the future— to avoid spoilers from others who just couldn’t stand keeping a secret.
These peaceful people try to spend some time peacefully on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but spoilers— much like common diseases that plague our society today— they’re just all over the place, everywhere these people go.
They try so hard to guard themselves from such things, but they have got nothing on spoiler-spillers that overwhelm them.
No matter how much they try to avoid seeing what the future brings, it has become increasingly impossible to do such a thing.
So Google decided to step in.
Very much aware of the agony that these people go through every single day of their lives, Google has come up with a very noble and effective way to protect them from book, movie, and TV spoilers.
On Tuesday, Google was able to acquire a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for their latest invention (which can also be considered a charity work, meant for those whom they want to protect from the spoiler plague)— the automated spoiler filter.
According to CNN Tech, documents filed by Google at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office described Google’s latest brainchild as this:
Imagine software (on your e-reader, tablet, phone, computer) that tracks how far along you are in that book, movie or TV show. It can talk to your other devices. And as you travel to websites and pull up your social media feed, it’s smart enough to scan the page for plot spoilers.
Potential spoilers automatically get censored. If you click on them, you get a spoiler alert. If you’re absolutely sure you want to see it, you can override the warning and read it.
The question on whether Google plans to launch the automated spoiler filter anytime soon has no definite answer as of yet. But as for the question on whether Google has any plans of launching the software at all— what a Google spokeswoman told CNN may just hold the answer:
“We hold patents on a variety of ideas — some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don’t. Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents.”