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Is Google becoming evil?

Richard L. Brandt [PersonRank 3]

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
10 years ago2,088 views

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DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Google's might be becoming ever so slightly evil, but regardless of that, it's their potential to do evil that's growing very rapidly

Richard L. Brandt [PersonRank 3]

10 years ago #

That's true, and that's what concerns most people. My opinion, right now, is that Google will not take that path because people would abandon the site faster than you can say "Bing."

Google's philosophy has made it enormously successful so far. Why change?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I believed that too for a while, but as more of our data shifts to the cloud, Google will gain more and more control of it. They want our "golden copies" to be online, and when that happens, i'm sure we'll be paying them for that storage. In other words, Google will be holding all of our data for ransom. If we can't pay, we lose access. And that's probably the least scary and most "plain business" scenario that could end up happening. Let's not forget about big brother.

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