Thursday, November 17, 2005

Don't Be Evil - Can Google Teach Morality?

What Lurks in Its Soul?
By David A. Vise,
Sunday, November 13, 2005

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are on a quest.
Their goal: to organize all of the world's information and make it universally accessible, whatever the consequences. . . .If the Google Guys have their way, their presence will only grow. Brin and Page see Google (its motto: "Don't Be Evil") as a populist force for good that empowers individuals to find information fast about anything and everything.
Sounds laudable. But I'm wondering, can their goal and motto coexist? After all, hasn't history shown that those who control information and distribute it are in the power position; and that power tends to corrupt? Reminds me of Max Headroom, but without the funny.

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  • UPDATE, Nov 17: For a very thoughtful evaluation and response to the "Googling" of the universe, see TMH's Bacon Bits post.
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