Thursday, October 12, 2006

Is Eric Schmidt on crack or what?

The guy seems to believe that the truth is out there. In an interview with the Financial Times earlier this month, Schmidt predicted that a kind of "truth predictor" software would, within five years, "hold politicians to account". People would be able to use programs to check seemingly factual statements against historical data to see if they were correct, according to the Google CEO.

"One of my messages to them (politicians) is to think about having every one of your voters online all the time, then inputting 'is this true or false.' We (at Google) are not in charge of truth but we might be able to give a probability," he told the newspaper.

The big question here, if you haven't already asked yourself, is who determines what is true and what is not? The powers that be?

Writing in the Sun tabloid, Schmidt also said the online world has empowered ordinary people with the ability to challenge governments, the media and business.

But, if voting changes anything, they'd make it illegal. As Col. Jessep (Jack Nicolson) says in A Few Good Men, "You can't handle the truth!" It's just too mindboggling...

Related post:
Lies, damned lies, and the mess in Iraq

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

google is just renegating its pledge to not be evil. the more power we give to them, the more they'll end up like micro$oft. boycott google!

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