Google isn’t just a search engine — it’s a literal extension of our mind

We are losing our minds to Google. After 20 years, Google’s products have become integrated into our everyday lives, altering the very structure of our cognitive architecture, and our minds have expanded out into cyberspace as a consequence. This is not science fiction, but an implication of what’s known as the “extended mind thesis“, a widely accepted view in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience. Make no mistake about it, this is a seismic shift in human psychology, probably the biggest we have ever had to cope with, and one that is occurring with breathtaking rapidity — Google, after all, is just 20 years old, this month. But although this shift has some good consequences, there are some deeply troubling issues we urgently need to address. Much of my research spans issues to do with personal identity, mind, neuroscience, and ethics. And in my view, as we gobble up Google’s
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Steve Bannon Tells CNN’s Darcy Govt Should Seize Private Business Data, Form New Bureaucracy

Following President Donald Trump‘s Google tweet this week, the topic of tech bias against conservative points of view has been in the news. CNN’s Reliable Sources asked several top Trump figures about it for their Wednesday newsletter, and one person who responded was Trump insider/outsider Stephen Bannon, who felt the President is right to want to take action against “big tech.” CNN’s Oliver Darcy, who spoke to Bannon, tweeted some his comments. Bannon, of course, runs Breitbart.com, best known for their primary verticals “Big Hollywood” and “Big Government”. He told Darcy he wants big government to step in with new regulations to seize private information from independent business by force, and then create new big government bureaucracy to manage that data for the “public good.”
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CNN’s Oliver Darcy: Google Can Disprove Trump Charges About State of the Union Bias

CNN Media Reporter Oliver Darcy reported Thursday that Google can easily refute President Donald Trump‘s assertion that Google was biased against him and did not promote his State of the Union Address. “Google basically, they promote the State of the Union addresses for each president,” Darcy explained. “The first year the president gives a State of the Union address, it’s not really a State of the Union, it’s just an address to Congress.” “Now the president — the video he tweeted showed no promotion for the 2018 state of the union address, which is not accurate,” he continued. “Google says they did promote it and there are screen shots in the internet archive that show Google had in fact promoted that address.” Indeed, as Politico‘s Jake Sherman pointed out by way of The Washington Continue reading "CNN’s Oliver Darcy: Google Can Disprove Trump Charges About State of the Union Bias"

Trump Unleashes on Google, Alleges Bias For Promoting Obama’s SOTU Speeches and Not His

President Donald Trump is going all in with his attacks on Google. Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, the president posted a video in which he accused the tech behemoth of tipping the scale by promoting former President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union speeches on their homepage — and then ceasing the practice during the Trump administration. Along with the video, Trump added the hastag “#stopthebias.” Mediaite has confirmed via the internet archive the Wayback Machine that Trump’s claims are correct: Google displayed a link to watch Obama’s State of the Union in 2015 and 2016, but did not do the same for Trump’s State of the Union in 2018. (Trump’s 2017 speech referenced in the video was not a traditional State of the Union, but rather an address to both Chambers of Congress.) The Continue reading "Trump Unleashes on Google, Alleges Bias For Promoting Obama’s SOTU Speeches and Not His"

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Slaps Down Trump’s Google Bias Claims: ‘Devoid of Any Fact’

CNN host Chris Cuomo slapped down Donald Trump’s claims that the search engine Google is biased against him, as he called the president’s commentary on the subject “almost completely devoid of any fact.” Cuomo was responding to Trump’s latest conspiracy theory, which the president pushed this morning via his Twitter account after he apparently watched a Fox News segment on the matter.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Baffled by Trump’s Google Comments: ‘What Is He Talking About?!’

After President Donald Trump‘s brief pool spray with reporters, during which he talked about the border wall and his criticisms of Google (particularly his accusation of biased Google search results), Fox News’ Shepard Smith was just utterly baffled. “This new thing, today’s new thing, not a thing, but a thing,” Smith said, “‘Google is taking advantage of a lot of people. Google, Facebook and Twitter, you can’t do that to people. They’re treading on troubled territory.’ Which means nothing. John Roberts, what is––what is he talking about? Treading on troubled territory? You can’t do that? Do what to people?!” Roberts said the President is clearly just “venting” about coverage he sees, “particularly in the Google search results.” Smith said the real problem isn’t Google or Facebook or Twitter:
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Trump Warns Google From Oval Office: They’d ‘Better Be Careful’

President Donald Trump doubled down on his criticism of Google from the Oval Office on Tuesday, issuing a warning to the tech mammoth: Tread lightly. “I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people, and I think that’s a really serious thing and it’s a really serious charge,” he told reporters assembled in the Oval Office. “If you look at what is going on at Twitter, if you look at what is going on at Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people.” “We have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in,” he continued. “And you just can’t do that. So I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory. And they have to be careful it’s not fair to large portions of the population.” Just a few hours before, the president bashed Google Continue reading "Trump Warns Google From Oval Office: They’d ‘Better Be Careful’"