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Welcome to the Future: Google bought Boston Dynamics is building a City State

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Tensegrity, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Tensegrity

    Tensegrity Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    http://io9.com/heres-why-google-is-building-a-robot-army-1491876836

    "Google's cultural goals have gotten a little more pronounced. They're not just out to make great web services like search, maps, and gmail. They're making driverless cars and funding Ray Kurzweil's efforts to eliminate human death. It's almost like the company is trying to build its own religion, based on vaguely environmentalist and Singulatarian ideas. They're acting less like a company, whose goals are entirely economic, and more like a city-state, whose goals include ineffable things like quality of life.

    Google's robot army reminds me of novels like Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age or Marge Piercy's He, She and It, where companies form city-states that occasionally go to war with each other. In He, She, and It, the company/city makes its living from selling software, but has to build cyborg soldiers to defend its walls against hostile takeovers. And in Diamond Age, corporations create islands devoted to pursuits like recreating the Victorian age. The companies in these novels no longer just economic entities. They are cultures, conducting social experiments and propagating belief systems that won't lead directly to profit."

    This is really happening.
     
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  2. kazhkaz

    kazhkaz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This is really interesting but Google becoming a religion? To much sci-fi stuff for me.
    I think Google is still about the profit they just find different ways for that.
     
  3. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    A government is defined as a monopoly of violence within a specific territory. Companies can't "wage wars" in the areas of governments by definition. On the other hand, governments can. And ~100 million people died in the last century from that. Now you have a sense of proportion.
     
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  4. ipcorp

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    Damn bro thats deep... I've been telling people that Google is the Internet. On the Internet Google is God. Yes they are about profit, but look at all the shit they are giving back, ya they hate SEO guys, but shit, thats why we refer to ourselves as ninjas, we find the loopholes Google creates to rank websites. Its literally cutting Google throat (taking money from CPC and ranking sites organically). I love this cat and mouse game, keeps you thinking.....

     
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    Wow, had no idea google was tied up with Ray Kurzweil. It's amazing how google continues to push the boundaries - puts my effort of trying to rank a few youtube videos on google in perspective, lol

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  6. Tensegrity

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    Companies with enough money can buy off politicians through bribes, and alter laws through lobbying to allow companies to carry out violence with military police (aka paramilitary) which are essentially soldiers bought from the government. In fact, this has already been done quite a few times by major corporations. The difference that this io9 article is suggesting is that in the coming years we may begin to see greater violence as these giant tech companies get bigger. After all, the government needs to buy their weapons from corporations to begin with. What is stopping the corporations from simply using their own inventory for amassing power of their own over the people?

    Lots of possibilities here..