With the University of Harvard warning of the surveillance business model of the internet, with people being silences or fired over their opinion, The Washington Post thinks that Google needs to be stopped. Here is a brief history of Google's Don't Be Evil motto in the company's code of conduct. Above, a YouTube video by Blonde, criticising Google.
This year, Google is on track to spend more money than any company in America on lobbying. In 2015, it was the third biggest corporate spender, paying more than Exxon Mobil, Lockheed Martin or the Koch brothers on lobbying. Much of what it is spending its money on has nothing to do with technical details regarding its search engine and everything to do with using its power in its search engine to shut out some competitors and build power over others.
It is time to call out Google for what it is: a monopolist in search, video, maps and browser, and a thin-skinned tyrant when it comes to ideas.
The imperial overreach of Google in trying to shut down a group of five researchers proves the point that the initial release from Open Markets was trying to make: When companies get too much power, they become a threat to democratic free speech and to the liberty of citizens at large.
|Visiting Legoland California in Google Maps|
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|Google Web Designer|
|Amusing Google Maps Commercial|
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|“Facebook played a 'determining role' in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims.”|
|“The Pentagon’s relatively quiet tip-toe into converting the U.S. Armed Forces to a machine-majority force.”|
|Future Horizon's Plasma Lightsabers|
|“The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation.”|
|3D Printed $10,000 House|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
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|“Clearly, no one is going to build weapons that have sufficient general intelligence to, for example, decide and execute a plan to take over the world.”|
|“New green policies so hard-hitting and extensive they can be felt across the world.”|
|“Contains all the same components as cow’s milk, [...] but doesn’t use any animals in its production process.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“I am a philosopher, and we tend to deal more with nightmares.”|