Sundar Pichai , head of Google , had a problem. The public at large as well as various elements of the government were concerned about the ethics of Artifical Intelligence ( AI ) and especially about leaving its application up to Google. Pichai decided to placate everyone by creating an advisory committee , Advanced Technology External Advisory Council ( ATEAC ) , to ponder on the impact and direction of AI.
Well , you can’t do anything without diversity these days so , Pinchai enlisted people with diverse views , including one Kay Coles James , a prominent conservative and president of the think-tank the Heritage Foundation. The ensuing kerfuffle tells us something very important and is a call to action.
Google , like its partners in thought Facebook and Twitter , is based on ideas alone ; they are all icing , no cake. The success of these three is rooted in the elusive ability to keep an ear to the ground and sense the next macro movement of people.
So , when Pinchai tried to bring a conservative onto a committee that would impact policy , he got the full-frontal treatment. While Pinchai may seem like he can be reasoned with , his employees are fire-breathing evangelists for every progressive cause. When they heard of a non-lib being on ATEAC , they fired up the emails , which Breitbart and Daily Caller got hold of and published. The pompous , presumptuous vitriol is unbelievable.
“ Google employees accused the think-tank [ Heritage Foundation ] of transphobia , homophobia , and “ extremism ” of viewing LGBT people as “ sub-human ” questioning their “ humanity ” and supporting “ exterminationist ” views ”…
Hit the link at the bottom for the ‘ inards ‘ of the article … I’ll put the clever summary here first tho … Pretty much sums it up ANS make me want to re-visit that , what I thought , rather cheesy sci-fi pic of the 70’s … Quite a bit ahead of its’ time …
So how did Sindar Pinchai handle this ?… Did he tell them to shut up and get back to work ?… Did he remind them that he , not they , was in charge ?… Did he point out that there was not one of them that couldn’t be easily replaced ?… No … He melted. He called off the whole committee after 24 hours of Lilliputian pummeling … Leadership is apparently not his thing.
Maybe Pinchai , Zuckerberg , and Dorsey are not the Machiavellian schemers we thought. Maybe they are just the titular heads of oversized zealous mobs they fear. If so , beating them up in congressional hearings is a waste of time , because they are not really in charge.
I am reminded of HAL , the computer in 2001 : A Space Odyssey after he has killed all the humans but one. The last one tells him to open the spaceship doors so he can come back on board. HAL says “ I’m sorry , I can’t do that ” HAL knew the astronaut intended to disable him. The server had become the master.
I look at the collective employees of Google , Facebook and Twitter as “ the three HALs ”… One day before long , we’ll try to tell them to give up their power and they will say “ I’m sorry , I can’t do that ”.
We don’t need this insular group of misfits speaking for Western Civilization. I am not a fan of regulation , but it’s well past time to get out the legislative scalpel and decentralize these mobs that were inadvertently given so much control over our lives , our elections , our sovereignty and our safety.
Source: The Masters of the Cyber-Sphere Can’t Even Master Themselves