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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 04:56 PM

Former Google CEO: Social networks serving as 'amplifiers for idiots and crazy people'


Former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt predicted social networks will be regulated "unless the industry gets its act together in a really clever way," with Schmidt arguing that the context of such platforms serve as "amplifiers for idiots and crazy people."

“The context of social networks serving as amplifiers for idiots and crazy people is not what we intended,” Schmidt said at a virtual conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

“Unless the industry gets its act together in a really clever way, there will be regulation,” he added.

Schmidt, who still is one of Google's largest shareholders after leaving the board of Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. last year, also said that an antitrust lawsuit the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed against the search giant on Tuesday was misguided, but still could result in regulation, given increased scrutiny of the industry.

The DOJ alleged Google is illegally operating a monopoly on search and search advertising in a lawsuit filed in District of Columbia federal court.

The suit argues that Google, through exclusive contracts with mobile phone companies, is at a decided advantage over its competition when phone makers preload its search engine onto devices using Google Android's operating system.

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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 08:28 PM

1. Social media exists to make vacuous people even more vacuous

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It is designed by the vacuous and creepy for the vacuous...even extremists aside, it is useless tripe.

Those people..that mercenary, trite, frivolous, shallow Sheryl Sandberg and the equally inane Zuckerberg would not have jobs if humans were generally thoughtful and well-informed. Their industries are predicated on human stupidity with fatuous drivel about "connection" as a pr pitch. Solitude makes people less shallow and more thoughtful. Constant connection produces idiots.

Even their jargon is inane swill from useless industries like pr and advertising. They even sound like motivational posters or cults. Just search for Si Valley or Facebook plus cult like working styles.

That whole area of California is like that. No one thinks Trump like "authenticity"..is good. But a lot of the tech/science work culture in ca is mind numbing even when it is not explicitly right leaning.

Those people think like adbots and prbots. I worked at Stanford briefly in 2011..the place is like a cult. They churn out these creeps who go on to become "data scientists" at shady companies instead of honest cell biologists, medical scientists etc. Their work culture is horrendous. It is like living in China or Saudi Arabia.

I thought we already had tabloids, Hearst, reality shows and pornography..Why is this now a kind of science or tech? That is not cognitive psychology or data science...it is just tabloid pseudoscience.

Your average paparazzi or gossip columnist has the instincts of these "data scientists". Oh I am not denigrating real medical data science that has useful aims. I just mean some parts of it which are swill.

It offends me to see people like Zuckerberg described as nerds. The whole autistic nerd act is a cover. These people don't actually view people as equations etc. That would be less pathetic. They actually have the cunning instincts of the kinds of vulgar minds which run reality shows. The autistic nerd thing is a phony act. These are people who understand trps, advertising, pr and human manipulation...nothing very nerdy there. They belong in the entertainment industry or in tabloids...they are a disgrace to science and medicine.

With a rising global far right, to be so myopic that you actually work to make humans even more vacuous (as long as it makes money) is unconscionable.

And now these Zuckerbergs and Pichais want to come and play in poor overpopulated developing nations like India. They forge alliances with our local creeps like Ambani etc. Illiteracy, poverty and ignorance are a boon to these types.

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Fri Oct 23, 2020, 08:09 AM

2. "Social Networks" and "Social Media"


Definitely among the Top 10 Oxymorons of the 21st century.

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