Google has fully ditched the slogan “Don’t be evil” — both from the company’s branding and from its code of conduct.
There’s a pretty good reason for this: Google refused to work with our Department of Defense (apparently, the company’s employees thought that working with them on a drone AI program was too much for Google employees’ delicate sensibilities), but they’re totally willing to work with the Chinese government on artificial intelligence.
In fact, things have gotten to the point where head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, says he’s going to “debate” Google over its development of AI that “indirectly benefits the Chinese military.”
“In my judgment, us assisting the Chinese military in advancing technologically is not in U.S. national interests, so it’s a debate we have to have,” Dunford said Thursday, according to Defense News.
“Typically if a company does business in China, they are automatically going to be required to have a cell of the Communist Party in that company,” he added.
“And that is going to lead to that intellectual property from that company finding its way to the Chinese military. It is a distinction without a difference between the Chinese Communist Party, the government and the Chinese military.
“Ventures to help develop artificial intelligence in China are going to do two things. They are going to help an authoritarian government to assert control (over) its own population. Again, our country exists for the individual. China exists for the Chinese communist party.”
Dunford was a bit more restrained than Tucker Carlson was over the issue — and one might expect him to be, given the fact one is a member of the administration and the other is a pundit on Fox News — but one listen to Carlson’s take on the crisis and you might be wishing Dunford was willing to be this frank.
And, he says, if Google’s actions can’t be stopped, it’ll cost Trump the 2020 election.
“Google helping China — really, the only global rival we face — but refusing the help the Department of Defense,” he said during the show. “Am I overstating that?”
No, guest Harmeet Dhillon — a civil rights attorney — said. In fact, things “are even worse than that.” That’s because merely doing business in China means that you have to enter into a devil’s compact with the Chinese government, which requests your data and demands significant fealty to the ruling regime.
“So, I just want to digress, because I can’t control myself,” Carlson said. “If Google really has a chokehold on all information in English — Google has a demonstrated political bias, which is overwhelming, they’re banning things they don’t like, how can we believe that the 2020 election is going to be fair?”
“You would be naïve, in fact stupid, to believe that,” Dhillon responded. “There’s ample evidence, even going back to a couple of years ago, I filed this lawsuit, as you know, against Google, and even then, similar documents to the one you mention in that email — Google has been punishing conservatives and hounding them out, and criticizing people who support anything conservative for a couple of years, ever since the election, actually, so it’s been almost three years now.”
Dhillon also noted that other social media is cracking down on conservatives — which is true, obviously. However, as Carlson pointed out, “Google really has a chokehold on all information in English.”
Think about it: How many days go by where you don’t use Google? How many searches do you do a day? And, if you’re searching for political news, how much of what you’re seeing is being censored?
That censorship could cost the president the election, according to Carlson.
“Do you think the president understands that he will not be re-elected in a free and fair election unless someone gets a hold of this?” he asked.
“I’m not sure the whole Republican establishment understands that,” Dhillon noted.
No, apparently not — and regulation of one of the biggest monopolies in the world, one that seems determined to influence our political direction in this country, doesn’t seem to be coming.
Then again, Google is no stranger to censorship. After all, they were the ones who put together a China-only, heavily censored search engine called Dragonfly until it was apparently dropped because of controversy surrounding it. Even then, I say “allegedly” because some employees have reported the project is still being worked on, The Intercept reported early this month.
It’s little surprise that “don’t be evil” has been extirpated from Google’s lexicon. After all, the company is happy to collaborate with one of the most appallingly repressive regimes upon God’s green earth. Google just can’t countenance the Department of Defense or conservatives. That would be a little too evil, evidently.
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