Billionaire and Facebook Board Member Peter Thiel says the FBI and CIA should investigate Google
How patriotic is Google? We know Google comes from an academic culture that leans left. The rise of New China means Chinese nationalism is clashing with its strategic rival, the United States.
Google, oddly, sits on the fence. The Chinese Government has very probably infiltrated Google, so what Peter Thiel’s talking about isn’t as outrageous as it sounds.
Is Google Compromised?
Billionaire investor Peter Thiel said Sunday that the FBI and the CIA should investigate to determine if Google has been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence, according to a report from Axios.
I’m not usually a fan of Fox or the right-wing, but this story is important to listen to.
Google refused to continue to work with U.S. National Defense after a lot of internal dialogue after doing so, but if you work in China, you do work with the Chinese Government. Look up project dragonfly and it’s clear Google has worked with China.
Alphabet Playing Both Sides
There’s no denying Alphabet is engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the U.S. military, but it’s well known BigTech on both sides of the world work with their governments actively as well. Google is a divided international tech nation, both politically and ethically on these battle lines.
Thiel said the FBI and CIA should investigate Google in a “not excessively gentle manner.” Of course, Thiel is a billionaire who is pro-Trump and also sits on Facebook’s board. This means he has a political and financial motive to go after Alphabet’s reputation. However, I also think he is right.
Thiel especially wants to know “how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?”. I think we have to consider Google probably compromised, just as we know China has engaged in rampant corporate espionage, IP theft and the most underhanded tactics to get ahead in business and technology.
BigTech Which Practice Surveillance Need Regulation
Oddly, aldthough we talk about the trade war or the DOJ probing BigTech, we don’t often talk about how compromised many of Silicon Valley’s companies already are in terms of intellectual property theft.
Last year, Google came under fire after it was revealed that the company was working on a controversial project to launch a censored search service in China. Google has also used its incredible machine learning talent for killing machines with the U.S. government. I’ve covered many of these stories at length.
Palantir cofounder Peter Thiel launched an attack on Google during a speech at the National Conservatism conference in Washington on Sunday July 14th, 2019. The thing is this is the kind of debate that should be in the open and that we should be talking about.
Google Employees Vs. Google Leadership
Hundreds of employees protested against the project, known as Dragonfly. A report last December said Google had ended its work on the search project. The problem is Google is not regulated in AI nor the business decisions it makes to work with potential strategic rivals to the United States. If a cold tech war scenario is accelerating, Congress will have to think carefully about how to regulate BigTech who are somewhat prone to ethical lapses for profits.
Project DragonFly and Alphabet’s Dark Path
Thiel’s criticism, centered on Google’s relationship with China, — alluding to the search giant’s attempts to re-enter the Chinese market with a censored search engine known as Project Dragonfly, — is especially worrisome. Alphabet does not appear to have much of an internal compass as to the acceleration and implementation of surveillance capitalism for which China is much better equipped to forge ahead. That Google wants a cut in that is an eerie sign for the future direction of Silicon Valley. It’s chilling, really!
Google decided it would not renew a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense that expired earlier this year (2019). The partnership was said to help the Pentagon analyze and interpret drone videos via artificial intelligence. Though Dragonfly is hardly shelved but going on in secret, according to most business analysts.
When Profits Outweight Ethics in Tech
That China could infiltrate some of America’s most iconic internet brands is not unheard of. China has an incredible network of Nationals with families back home who are working in top tier positions in some of the top high-tech companies in America! The Chinese Government will and does leverage its talent across the world.
There are no public reports that foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated Google, though Thiel did start the company Palantir, which currently works with the Trump regime and has amassed an enormous amount of data on U.S. citizens. The story, however, illustrates how the left-wing controls the American media’s narrative. Peter Thiel clearly knows something we don’t, or is he just stirring the pot?
Google is a Nexus of Controversy in How AI is Weaponized
Given the current political context of the trade war, I think Google must do some soul searching with regards to its business policies and ethics in AI. There’s clearly a danger zone that FAANG companies are entering, selling their souls and considerable talent to potentially malevolent actors.
Google’s abandoned the contract with the US military, Projet Maven, to provide AI tools, which it dropped after intense employee backlash. However, Google has considerable employee backlashes on multiple fronts and employs contractors to listens to our Google Home data. This is not a company incapable of evil for its profit motive. Alphabet posted $39.2 Billion in profits in Q4 of 2018 alone.
Peter Thiel is Probably Right
If the DOJ and FTC are looking into probing BigTech companies, I think auditing Silicon Valley companies for Chinese infiltration is sort of a no-brainer. The U.S. is notorious for having incredible students in its Universities and up-and-coming in tech companies especially. Unfortunately, in the cold tech wars, screening them more closely might become inevitable.
Google’s senior management has made a lot of questionable decisions, from around 2017, in my estimation. Given the current political climate, these should be reviewed, just as Tech companies require more regulation and oversight generally speaking. From Facebook moving fast and breaking things for over a decade, Google has gone down a darker path in recent years, without question. If I worked at Google I’d have serious ethical misgivings over leadership.
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