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IF you can't decide if you're indecisive or not... help is at hand. Well, it will be in a few years' time.

By 2012 Google should have the technology in place to analyse every bit of information you type into the search engine.

From that, it will be able to tell you whether you'll like that new job or what to eat for breakfast.

Here, with an exclusive look at the developing technology, MATT ROPER spends a day living only by the advice he gets from Google - and reveals how different life could be in the future...

7:30 AM

BLEARY-eyed and hungry, I stagger into the kitchen, switch on my laptop and go to Google.

"What's for breakfast?" I type. Within seconds, the answer flashes back: "Muesli." The search engine knows that I ordered pizza last night and thinks I need a high-fibre, healthy start to the day...

8:00 AM

I'M through my breakfast as my mobile beeps. It's Google again, telling me to turn on my TV.

I tune in to ITV, where actor Nathaniel Parker is talking about the launch of an appeal for Darfur. Google knows I've researched this subject many times online.

10:15 AM

IT'S my day off, so how should I spend it? "Go to the hairdressers," I'm told. "Google Calendar notes that you haven't had your hair cut for four weeks."

Arriving at The Barber's in South London, Amelia asks how I want it cut. I ask Google, which comes up with what the perfect cut based on the shape of my face and previous cuts I've had.

12: 00 AM

"I'M peckish, what's for lunch?" I ask next. Knowing that I've been searching for Spanish cookery courses, it directs me around the corner, to the El Pirata tapas restaurant.

"Would you like to sit inside or out?" asks the waiter. I consult my new friend... "Inside," comes the answer. Google knows from my search history I have hayfever and the pollen count's high.

1:30 PM

NEXT, I am advised to buy clothes. My online shopping has revealed that I've recently bought jeans but no shirts. Google has also worked out where other men my age and with similar interests shop. Within seconds, it has even found a shirt that suits my complexion. Nice.

3:00 PM

I NIP in for a coffee but there are dozens of blends. "Fair-trade from Ethiopia," I'm told. The search engine knows that I'm interested in social justice and have donated to an Ethiopian children's charity.

I inquire on how I should spend my coffee break. "Book a holiday," I'm told. Google knows I haven't had one since last summer and have time off in July.

It tells me to book a scuba diving break in Cuba, because of previous searches. But which airline should I use? It knows I'm a vegetarian and has scoured the in-flight menus to find the best airline. It has even found the one with the least carbon emissions.

4:00 PM

WITH my hols booked, I turn to finding a new place to live. Google knows from my internet footprint that I work at Mirror HQ in East London but I like to get out of town at the weekends, that I'm allergic to cats and I need a parking space.

Seconds later, I get an email with details of a perfect pad in Bromley, Kent. And a viewing has already been booked...

5:30 PM

"WHAT should I do this evening?" I type. "Go and watch Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End. Odeon in Greenwich, 18:00." The search engine knows I've seen both previous Pirates films and have read online reviews of the third. And it's noted I've searched for pictures of Keira Knightley!

9:00 PM

TODAY is a special anniversary for me and my wife Dani-ela, so Google has booked a meal at the restaurant where we had our first date. It reminds me to buy a present.

Google has also found the restaurant wine list and has sent me a prompt sheet, so I can impress her with my knowledge.

11:00 PM

A LITTLE tipsy, we both stagger out of the restaurant. Before we know it, the taxi Google has ordered for us pulls up. And we both decide it has been a great night...


KEY QUESTIONS: Google ensures that Matt Roper starts the day with a healthy breakfast Pictures: HARRY PAGE; CUTTING EDGE: Matt gets his hair styled according to Google, then books a holiday over a cuppa
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2007
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