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Since 2010 Google has been acquiring on average, one new company a week and as of October, 2013 they have 131 new acquisitions which include Android, YouTube, PittPatt face recognition software, Waze GPS navigation software, Flutter Gesture Recognition technology, SayNow Voice Recognition, RightsFlow music rights management, WIMM Labs Android powered smartwatches, Behavio Social Prediction, DNNResearchInc- Deep Neural Networks which simply explained is part of a broader family of machine learning. The Google Brain team created a neural network that learned to recognize higher-level concepts, from watching unlabeled images taken from YouTube videos. Google has also acquired Zagat, the restaurant review guide. What does all of this mean and why are we not deeply concerned with Google quietly continuing with plans to control human behaviour and the world we live in?
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a liberal non profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.CMD is a self-described “non-partisan progressive watchdog group,” focused “on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda.” Citing a new report by PR Watch, the Washington Post says Google “gave money in the past year to Heritage Action, the upstart conservative advocacy group that helped set in motion this fall’s government shutdown.”
A recent article published on Gawker (FDA Orders Mrs. Google to Stop Selling Dangerous DNA Tests), explains how Anne Wojcicki,the wife of Google founder Sergey Brin was ordered by the FDA to stop marketing DNA testing kits online, tests that had not been approved by the FDA yet. This begs the question- why do Mr and Mrs Google need these DNA test kits?
Anyone who has read Margaret Atwood’s trilogy – Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAddam can identify, with panic, what this means for the HIV community. Is the HIV community part of God’s Gardeners living in what Atwood describes as the pleeblands, where outcasts live as rejects from the multinational corporation’s privileged compounds, a uniquely constructed world which sound eerily like the Google communities that exist today? Is Google really the CorpSeCorps or HelthWyzer corporate compounds as described in Atwood’s trilogy, where our lives are controlled by multinational corporation’s privileged compounds, where only the most intelligent, genetically altered and healthiest individuals are allowed to reside?
People living with HIV are included with the outcasts in the pleeblands, because the obvious signs are there in our dominated state by multinational corporations, with Google being the one to be most afraid of. The signs are there in the form of criminalization, marginalization and eventual expunction from mainstream society. Crake’s viral pandemic is upon us, the flood has arrived and we have not paid attention to the larger plan and scheme as we have been diverted with blame, shame and oppression weighing us down and keeping us in an immobilized state as we naively question Google, with no response, about why they do not commemorate World Aids Day on their home page. The answer to that question is obvious.