An idea of science fiction is coming to reality in our lifetime. The idea of the world brain sprouted from a book by H. G. Wells which would be a free, synthetic encyclopedia for the intention of a universal record for the world population. What makes this idea the futuristic nightmare of this generation is once all the world’s information has been documented it would spark the second stage. If you’ve seen the Terminator series, then you have an idea of where I’m going with this. A “supercomputer” gains actual consciousness and assumes they are above humans on the evolutionary scale and wage war on humans putting man against machines. A book written in 1962 by Arthur C. Clarke “Profiles of the Future” suggests the hypothesis that gathering information is the first part and then artificial intelligence is the next step.
If you have been keeping up with technological advances within the past three years, then you know google has been making some advances that have questionable alterior motives. I’m not the conspiracy theory guy that may seem to be the new trend to be. I find most, if not all conspiracy theories are never based out of fact and give you a one-sided distorted view of a topic, in which the accused has to fight phantoms and ghosts in the dark rumors while the accusers only has to state an opinion and will usually use the perception against the accused. One example is the government is gonna issue bar codes and mind control the population. While this doesn’t have to be proven, gov’t officials still end up having to fight claims of it. While I don’t believe in conspiracy theories it does seem suspicious the moves Google is making.
Google recently purchased a company called Nest Labs for 3.2 billion dollars. The company makes smart devices in particular they make devices called “The Learning Thermostat” and the protect smoke and carbon dioxide detector. Google acquired the company in their efforts to make smart home systems. This wouldn’t raise my suspicion, but if you remember back in 2012 congress actually wanted issued investigation against Google after they were accused of tracking Iphone users over the internet. The spying was uncovered by Stanford University Grad student Jonathan Meyer who was doing research on internet privacy settings and discovered the code that let Google bypass the user security settings. When I articles like that is makes me weary about Google’s intentions and whether they are capable of creating this “world brain”. Is it possible Google maybe looking obtaining access to smart home software to monitor our movements in the environment where we let our guard down. Where we keep our most private secrets?
Other incertitudes that Google is raising about their morals and motivations are within 60 days the mega giant has purchased 5 robotics companies that work in artificial intelligence. One robotic company called Boston Dynamics has made machines for the military, one in particular can run like a cheetah. Google has been also trying to make cars that drive themselves….can we say Knight Rider…. KITT!!!! Also Real life androids may not be that out of reach with buying a company called DNNresearch which specializes in artificial neural networks which might create a real life “HER” scenario. Remember not to long ago when Gmail went down for little bit of time and it caused a panic across the globe. Now imagine if that happened again, losing your love letters, secret emails, password, saved files, financial records. Have we become too dependent on these tools?
The suspicion of Google’s actions have become so widespread that an independent film called Google and the World Brain goes onto explain how Google has been trying to scan all of the worlds books in claims that they are looking to protect and preserve mankind’s knowledge. Some people aren’t so easily hornswoggled If knowledge is truly power then Google’s intentions are to become the most powerful entity on the planet. This wouldn’t be the first time in history historical figures have tried to obtain access to the world’s cognition. If you follow history then you’ve probably heard about the Library of Alexandria and Great Library of Nalanda University in Bihar.
In an article by the Huffington Post it points out the historical inevitably that Google or a company of Google’s magnitude will one scan of the world’s books and have the power between the lines of the pages. In the past, such advances or breakthroughs have been in the name of science, technological advances, medical breakthroughs to find a cure to what was thought that couldn’t be done. Google has hit a snag with corporate attorneys protecting intellectual copyrights. In 2002 Google signed deals with libraries at University of Michigan, Harvard University and Stanford University. Also they made deals with the Bodleian library in the UK and the National Library of Catalonia in Spain.
With Google scanning more than six million books and not giving any notice to the authors who have the books copywritten and protected the Author’s guild is suing Google for more than $2 billon dollars in damages for scanning copyright books. Here is what filmmaker Ben Lewis had to say about the film. “For three years, I thought long and hard about how to make a film about the Internet. The Net is a unique phenomenon, unprecedented in history. It has brought us many marvelous things: instant access to all kinds of information, culture and communities. But I have also been struck by how the Internet also takes things from us without asking. For a long time, nobody has seemed to notice that. I wanted to make a film that alerted an audience to perils, as well as the paradise of the Internet. But how? The Internet is difficult to visualize (its stories revolve around emails, blogs and servers). Many of the newspaper articles that criticize it are sensationalist and written in the future tense or the subjunctive, i.e. they imagine a danger that might arise one day in the future.
Documentaries need concrete stories, with personal testimonies, as well as explanation and polemic from theorists and commentators. The 10-year story of Google Books offered me a narrative that acts as a spine for the film as well as a strong vocabulary of visual images. But Google Books was not the only story I wanted to tell. I used it as a ‘washing line’ on which to hang other tales of uploading vast amounts of knowledge onto the Internet (Project Gutenberg, Wikipedia, Baidu’s library, and Brewster Kahle’s Internet archive) as well as a way to discuss the big themes of the Net, privacy, surveillance, monopoly, and so on.”
“In terms of the narrative, there is a terrific arc. Google started out scanning amidst huge enthusiasm for the idea of creating a universal digital library. Gradually, problems emerged about copyright, national cultures, and surveillance. Then there is a handful of heroes, authors and academics in America, Germany, France, China and Japan, who dared to take on the giant Google, the world’s most successful corporation ever! It is like David versus Goliath. In a kind of ending, an American judge ruled that Google’s scanning project was illegal in March 2011, although the creation of a universal digital library continues, largely in the hands of the libraries themselves.”
“For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to make a film about libraries. They are my favorite places to be. Serene, beautiful repositories of the best thoughts that men and women have ever had. Free to use. Far from the din of modern capitalism, libraries are the epitome of the public institution. There is simply nothing bad about a library. It is my paradise.
I have been drawn to this subject by the combination of the ancient (the library) and the new (the Internet). There is a rare combination in this film of yesterday and tomorrow. A library is a repository of the past. The Internet is the technology of the future. Two worlds collide in this story which evokes the dramatic dawn of a new technological era for mankind, but one which might have its price.”