Trump to follow up on possible Google connections with Chinese Government
US president Donald Trump praised the words of Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, Palantir, and director at data analytics of the latter, Thiel brought Google’s allegiance into question, saying that the company’s been engaging in “seemingly treasonous behavior” by opting to work with the Chinese government over the US. Trump added that him and his administration will look into the matter.
Peter Thiel made the accusations during as speech at the National Conservatism Conference, saying that Google needs to be asked 3 questions:
“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?
“Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?
“Three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military… because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic calculation that if the technology doesn’t go out the front door, it’ll gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?”
He added that US intelligence agencies should look into the answers of these questions, and that they shouldn’t ask them in a “excessively gentle manner”.
The speech of Peter Thiel was based on 4 major points: 1-Is big tech good for the US?: during this point he pointed to the technological progress outside of software area over the last few decades, or lack thereof, and it was during this point that he touched upon the subject of Google, and closing the base point with the subject of job automation, he said that any job that could be automated was automated long ago, any other job that is left, like “yoga instructors and kindergarten teachers” may be automated, but very slowly, and that the country will face a very low level of productivity in the coming years. 2-Is free trade good for the US?: In this point he said that under current diplomatic and trade circumstances, free trade is not possible due to double standards policies and sub-par/dishonest negotiators, and added that China is the major polluter of the planet and they should be subject to a “carbon tax.” 3- Is college good for the US?: In this subject Thiel brought up the student debt bubble, calling the college loan system a fraud on it’s last leg, he also brought up the decaying state of STEM fields outside of software. 4-Is war good for the US?: This can be summarized to war should only be brought up if it’s in the US’s best interest and it’ll come out ahead, instead of entangling itself in foreign disputes.
This isn’t the first time in recent events that Google’s practices have been questioned, senators on Tuesday criticized Google over several issues, including whether it was biased against conservative content and why it has been slow to stop the spread of some graphic material.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, said Google’s YouTube needed to do a better job of policing content.
“You can’t simply unleash the monster and say it’s too big to control,” Blumenthal said. “The hourglass has run out.”
Senator Ted Cruz, who chairs the Senate Judiciary panel which held the hearing, called Google “a black box” currently and said it must present more data to lawmakers about take-downs of conservative content versus liberal material. Such information could inform how to better regulate Google, he said. Google’s monopoly power and censorship “is a real threat to our democratic processes,” Cruz said after the hearing.
Senator Mazie Hirono, the top Democrat on panel, described the “claims of anti-conservative bias” as baseless. The hearing was a chance for Google “to be raked over the coals … for common sense actions that are entirely within their rights,” she said.