It’s amazing how Google has the potential to control the information of the world. Google has tentacles in the academe (Google Scholars), videos (YouTube), mobile devices (Android), browsers (Google Chrome), operating systems (Chrome OS), communication (Gmail), collaboration/productivity tools (Google Docs), and recently, social networking (Google+). With the Information Age still rapidly rising, it’s not too far-fetched to think that the next global superpower won’t be a battle between USA or China. We saw how information technologists (i.e., WikiLeaks) can expose the weaknesses of even the US government and other governments around the world. With information fast-becoming the evident measure of power, the next global superpower may well be a battle between information giants such as Google and Facebook.
Damon Horowitz, in-house philosopher of Google calls for more moral philosophy in Information Technology. He also writes an article (link here) about how Technology should be more pro-human, and not the other way around. And I wholeheartedly agree that instead of making technology more human (as was what we thought we could do but have since failed to only a point):
”And it became clear that the limitations of our AI systems would not be eliminated through incremental improvements. We were not, and are not, on the brink of a breakthrough that could produce systems approaching the level of human intelligence.”
The more important task is to make Technology pro-human; humanistic.
”Damon seems to have realized in reverse order that the horse belongs in front of the carriage that humanity should lead technology, not vice versa.” ~ Visualplant, YouTube
He played her favourite song as she lay sleeping. He whispered into her ear all his plans for their future together. Smiling, he recounted the story about the day they first met; the moment he saw her he’d been stuck dumb and instantly knew that he’d love her forever. But it was no use. Three days later, he turned off life support.
I don’t believe in fairy tales, or destiny, prince and princesses, tragic love stories, or heroic deaths. I don’t buy in to the mushy “the universe conspires” philosophy of people like Paolo Coelho. I don’t believe in Feng Shui, and I don’t believe we can please “luck” or the “gods” if they exist, by burning animals or placing furniture in particular orientations. I don’t believe in “Chi” or spirits. I don’t believe luck exists as something that can be attracted. It is a mere description of a sequence of events. People find comfort in many of those;
Swimming freely in the ocean, venturing into confinement, forced there by fear. Where will they go? Never again will they feel the freedom that they once knew. It is snatched from them in seconds. Praying the ocean takes them so they’ll go in peace, never knowing the horrors of the cove, they sing their song of hope, waiting for someone to hear.