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Lately, I keep getting a request to leave a rating for a service or product … for everything. Window cleaning, dryer repair, ordered a candle, ordered some olive oil, clothing, dentist visit, eye exam, routine doctor visit, drugstore purchase, etc. Immediately on the same day, I am asked to complete a survey … for everything I am doing or wherever I have made a purchase.
If the experience was exceptional, I want to do it. But when I click on “take the survey,” I am asked to log in with my email address and on everything, it says ‘powered by Google’! So I back out. I have Gmail, like millions of others. I have noticed the speed has picked up and my phone is anxious to fill in more words that I don’t choose, in both email and text. I have had emails disappear from my phone of a religious nature by magic. I set my phone down to take a sip of coffee or water, and the story is gone. It’s not in my trash — just disappears.
I had Dish before our current move. I was pleased with them. The tech arrived just as Covid was unfolding. He set it up and pulled out a long speaker system to lay in front of my TV. I said I don’t want that. He said I know, but I have to show that I offered it and take a picture. He packed it up. He showed me all the features. I said I don’t want voice activation on my TV or from remote, so he disabled it. He said you will get a survey. They ask you to rate my performance from 1 to 10. If you don’t rate me a ten on all answers I fail. I get a bad review. This is Google’s policy. I gave him a 10 and made a mental note.
I moved with their service to two new residences. At our last home, I got up late at night and saw a camera light beaming from the box in our bedroom. I had never seen this before. The main box was in the living room. I stared at it and went to the restroom and back to sleep. It went out. This happened several times and at one point, I went over at 2 a.m. and looked at it, and it went off. Nuts! We are sleeping, so what is this? In the daylight, the boxes do not show any buttons or any visible signs of a camera on the box. It’s at the far right end.
My sister is moving in two days and ordered Dish. I told her my story and she said, “I’ll throw a towel over it.” I decided when we last moved to go with a new cable company. I called Dish and it was like being in a high-pressure car loan office. They questioned why I was leaving for 35 minutes. I was transferred to two different departments and they refused to comply. I was willing to pay off my remaining contract and they applied further pressure including two managers. It was a disturbing departure.
My husband’s company had an employee who was a flake and lasted a week on the job. She gave a bad review on Google. They had a five-star rating until this. The owner was distraught. They are so good that they do not advertise. They are word of mouth – a residential landscape company, and are booked out until January 2024. A new customer also gave a bad review because he demanded sooner attention and had to wait his turn. So two negative reviews dropped the stellar reputation. It has since been repaired, but the power that Google, ratings and all, holds over companies is appalling.
When simple search engines came out, I used Ask Jeeves. Remember that friendly butler who could answer your inquiry? Now we have a “search engine” that has the power to make or break. They are linked to our defense department, they have mysterious floating ships that no one knows what kind of research or surveillance is taking place.
They say every keystroke is recorded, your habits and preferences, whereabouts, your voice, your photo. It’s not deleted. Ma Bell was broken up for less than that so why do we allow a few companies like Google/ Alphabet, META, Twitter, Instagram, and others to hold so much power over news, personal information, and censorship like a wretched Tower of Babel that can grant or take away freedom?
We’ve seen how something spoken or an unfortunate youthful folly can bring down a politician or a teacher or anyone who has actually lived with the misfortune of being human. Now add AI, ESG, and other monitoring capabilities. We have created a new Tower of Babel. Babylon was brutal and we have forgotten how that story ended.
Google quietly removed its starting motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” in 2015. AI developers wanted them to cut ties with the military that was using them for the development of AI.
The updated code of conduct comes as artificial intelligence researchers call for Google to abandon a project developing AI technology for the military.
Google’s refusal to cut ties with the US military led to the resignation of around a dozen employees from the company, who cited ethical concerns and warned that autonomous weapons directly contradicted the firm’s famous ‘Don’t be evil’ motto.
They chose Babylon instead. Surveillance starts with a G.Published in