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Helen Thomas
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What do you think of this video?
Googlezon has computers that re-writes news for each citizen on the web.
Apparently that's how elections work these days by targeting just the swing voters (and each swing voter, not as a group) and not bothering with what the whole country or it's loyal supporters want.
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All I get is a black screen. I don't think it's FireFox friendly.


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Ellen Zhao
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I'm using FireFox 1.0 for linux and the video runs very well. Maybe Mr. Paul hasn't got the right plug-in?


To Helen,

cool indeed! There's excellent street sense and insight into the industry in the video. And it's so stylishly produced. The narrator's voice is simply seductive! Thank you very much.

Ellen
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source code of that page...



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Gerald Davis
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
2014
What do you think of this video?
Googlezon has computers that re-writes news for each citizen on the web.
Apparently that's how elections work these days by targeting just the swing voters (and each swing voter, not as a group) and not bothering with what the whole country or it's loyal supporters want.

[ December 08, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]


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Thomas Paul
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Seems like a bug. Shouldn't it have asked me about getting the plug-in?
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Sounds interesting, and the video is it's very well made.

That's indeed Global computing..


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Helen Thomas
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I'm using Firefox 1.0.

Here's the main page if that helps.

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Joyce Lee
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
Seems like a bug. Shouldn't it have asked me about getting the plug-in?


Are you using the latest FireFox? I had no trouble watching the video using FireFox 1.0 for Windows.

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Neat touch making the ID'd person be Winston Smith


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Richard Hawkes
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I was impressed up until the Googlezon logo showed up, then I just laughed. Glad they acknowledged that we'll probably get an even shallower, biased news service because it was getting far too "holidays-on-mars" up until then.
Helen Thomas
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Winston Smith was cleverly used as reference to the protagonist in Orwells 1984.

Robin Sloan, who appears to be SF-based, created it. Arthur C Clarke - spoke of the transfer of all of human rational thought and understanding into computers, thus liberating humanity from the constraints of our physical bodies and allow for a development into creatures of pure thought.

2001 : A Space Odyssey

So far, of all media, the newspaper hasn't died,though The Times has given up the broadsheet format for a shallower narrower sized paper.Empowerment or self-service, that's the question facing the news servers. Radio and lately TV are falling as the BBC are firing their staff but hiring freelancers instead to do the work at greater cost. Anyway, a lot of the Google ads rarely seem to indicate a bloggers interest and no company has made a lot of money from the ads yet, AFAIK.
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Jeroen Wenting
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what the movie (which is indeed well made) doesn't mention is the danger that lurks beneath the total monopoly Google gains over the information available to people: the danger that Google can decide what is true and what is not as well as decide what people know.

If Google in this scenario doesn't want you to know of the existence of say a presidential candidate it can just make sure no news of that candidate ever reaches you.
Or it can manipulate the data you get about that candidate so that he looks like Google wants him to look, either a saint or evil incarnate.

Google in fact becomes Big Brother, giving users the illusion of manipulating and creating news when in fact they're only playing along in a grander scheme.

That's why in this country at least there are laws that bar any one news organisation from having more than a 1/3 share of the market for the total of their products in that market.


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Thomas Paul
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The epic logo is cool.
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could they create a "Republican for President" algorithm?
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No need, dems do very well at that on their own through their campaigning which is without fail counterproductive
 
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