Leaked Google Video Imagines a Future of Multi-Generational User Data

I trust by now we’ve all seen and been at least a little disturbed by The Selfish Ledger, the nearly 9-minute-long concept video from inside Google’s “moonshot factory” X labs. In the wake of it becoming public this week, Google quickly disavowed the video, claiming it was just a thought experiment “not related to any current or future products.” And yet, the company’s patent applications exhibit a mode of thinking that runs at least in parallel, if not on the exact same tracks, as The Selfish Ledger’s total data collection proposal. A reader pointed me in the direction of a Google patent application from 2015, made public last year, titled “Detecting and correcting potential errors in user behavior.” A core part of the Selfish Ledger... Continue reading…

Leaked Google Video Imagines a Future of Multi-Generational User Data

When Google talks about the Selfish Ledger, it asks us to think of ourselves as the temporary custodian of the data rather than the owner. The post Leaked Google Video Imagines a Future of ...

Mon 21 May 18 from Extremetech

Google's vision of TOTAL data collection revealed

An internal Google video has emerged that provides an unnerving glimpse into how the firm could use its wealth of information to control people globally. Google says the video is just a 'thought-experiment'. ...

Fri 18 May 18 from Daily Mail

The Selfish Ledger: Google's dystopian vision of populace control through 'total data collection'

It is interesting to see how concerned tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google have become about user privacy. Of course, we know that the impetus for this drive for confidentiality ...

Thu 17 May 18 from Techspot

The Selfish Ledger is Google’s creepy concept for total data collection

Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a stunningly ambitious ...

Thu 17 May 18 from The Verge

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