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97-Year-Old ‘Sees Future’ at Google

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FILE - People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo.

FILE - People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo.

Olive Horrell, 97, was born in rural Montana in a house that had no electricity and no indoor plumbing. She said she didn’t know what a radio was and to go anywhere required using a horse and buggy.

Imagine her surprise when she got to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, recently as part of the “Wish of a Lifetime” program, a nonprofit group that grants wishes to senior citizens.

While there, Horrell got to test ride a driverless car, create a “Google Doodle” and experience virtual reality.

She also met with various Google employees to learn what else the tech giant is working on.

"Certainly in my wildest dreams, I couldn't conceive of what I saw today,” she told CNN.

Horrell, who now lives in California, said it took her three years to decide that her wish was to “see the future.”

"I’m intrigued with the changes I’ve seen in my life," said Horrell about her visit. "It’s a real learning experience for me today. … Life has got to be fun."

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is one of the biggest donors to Wish of a Lifetime, according to CNN.

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