September 04, 2017

It is Not Entirely Clear When or Why They Dropped the "Don't" From Their Mission Statement

...but assuming it was ever really there in the first place, I imagine that the conversation between Larry Page and his underlings was something along these lines...




Yeah, I'm revisiting this, but it seems a topic of legitimate concern in light of yet more recent events and revelations

It's especially troubling given the nature of Google in the context of certain developments abroad...

 Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how "trustworthy” you are.

In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticising the ruling party, from running a red light to failing to care for your parents properly, could cause you to lose points. And in this world, your score becomes the ultimate truth of who you are – determining whether you can borrow money, get your children into the best schools or travel abroad; whether you get a room in a fancy hotel, a seat in a top restaurant – or even just get a date.

This is where we're heading, as soon as the party most in tune with the techweasels regains power, and when that happens I fear the yoke may be too heavy for society to throw off. 

Orwell, was writing cautionary tales, the tech giants see them as utopian fantasies. 

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