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In the future: Google presents Home Earth where robots sneak in houses and film Street View-like images of their interiors.
one can't help but think that Google qualifies as a potential candidate for the Big Brother in a total-surveillance-and-control nation called Dystopia.
Could there be a modern day Skynet? Maybe, but I would picture other people aside from google behind that. Plus we're a long ways away from that threat. The robotics industry is still pretty young. But I don't know, maybe it could happen. I guess anything is possible..
Microsoft has beat them to the punch. They are doing it now with the Xbox One..........it watches everything going on in your house.
they are on the leading edge of technological development.
Thats true and also great. But they also know more about you and your thoughts than your own spouse...if they wanted to retrieve that information, they could.
Theoretically they also OWN every powerful Person, Politician, Entrepreneur, CEO, Banker, who has ever typed things into Google they wouldnt want the public to know about.
Somewhere down the road...say a 100 years from now...having all this knowledge could prove dangerous.
Think of how powerful J. Edgar Hoover became after creating files on every politician he could. What Google can do makes J. Edgar look like an ant on a mole hill.
Ties to the CIA and NSA In October 2004, Google acquired Keyhole, a 3D mapping company. In February 2004, before its acquisition by Google, Keyhole received an investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA's investment arm. And in July 2010 it was reported that the investment arms of both the CIA (In-Q-Tel) and Google (Google Ventures) were investing in Recorded Future, a company specializing in predictive analytics—monitoring the web in real time and using that information to predict the future. And, while private corporations have been using similar systems since the 1990s, the involvement of Google and the CIA with their large data stores raises privacy concerns.
In 2011, a federal district court judge in the United States turned down a Freedom of Information Act request, submitted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. In May 2012, a Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. The request attempted to disclose NSA records regarding the 2010 cyber-attack on Google users in China. The NSA stated that revealing such information would make the US Government information systems vulnerable to attack. The NSA refused to confirm or deny the existence of the records, or the existence of any relationship between the NSA and Google.
Leaked NSA documents obtained by The Guardian and The Washington Post in June 2013 included Google in the list of companies that cooperate with the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, which authorizes the government to secretly access data of non-US citizens hosted by American companies without a warrant. Following the leak, government officials acknowledged the existence of the program. According to the leaked documents, the NSA has direct access to servers of those companies, and the amount of data collected through the program had been growing fast in years prior to the leak. Google has denied the existence of any "government backdoor".
Google has worked with several corporations, in order to improve production and services. On September 28, 2005,Google announced a long-term research partnership with NASA which would involve Google building a 1,000,000-square-foot (93,000 m2) R&D center at NASA's Ames Research Center. NASA and Google are planning to work together on a variety of areas, including large-scale data management, massively distributed computing, bio-info-nano convergence, and encouragement of the entrepreneurial space industry. The new building would also include labs, offices, and housing for Google engineers.
Google executives received an unfair and inappropriate discount on jet fuel purchased from the government for personal flights on their nine private aircraft, according to a report released on Wednesday by NASA’s Office of the Inspector General. For six years, H211, a company that manages aircraft owned or leased by Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and its chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, paid between $3.3 million and $5.3 million less than market rates for fuel supplied by the Defense Department, according to the report. The arrangement resulted “in considerable savings for H211 and engendered a sense of unfairness and a perception of favoritism toward H211 and its owners,” wrote Paul K. Martin, NASA’s inspector general.
The arrangement began in 2007, when Google executives started leasing space at Moffett Field, a former Navy base that is minutes from Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. and is managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center. H211 pays $1.4 million a year to rent 70,000 square feet, where it stores the Google executives’ nine aircraft, including a Boeing 767, two helicopters and a fighter jet.
Although Google has not confirmed any projects on Treasure Island, which is owned by the US Navy and subleased by the city of San Francisco, ample evidence suggests that the company is behind whatever is going on inside Hangar 3 and on the barge at the southeastern end of the island.