Google has been famous for its life promoting the slogan “Don’t be evil”.
As the company has grown into a giant behemoth, this slogan was removed from its code of conduct in 2018. Does this mean that the company has embraced the dark side, or is it just the result of the natural evolution of a company that is now decades old? We’ll explore that in this article, the latest part of our Conversations with AI series.
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One interesting side note: instead of using zdnet.com, Google the quote above, I asked Bard:
When did Google stop using “Don’t be evil” as its slogan? Please provide the source link from zdnet.com, if applicable.
It gave me the correct URL, but answered this question:
Google stopped using “Don’t be evil” as its slogan sometime between late April and early May 2023. The phrase was removed from the front of Google’s Code of Conduct, where it has been in place since 2000.
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His answer is wrong. The article he correctly cited was from May 2018, and that article stated “sometime in the last month…”, so Bard’s statement “sometime between late April and early May” is correct. But mentioning the year 2023 was completely inaccurate.
This reinforces what all of our so-called AI experts have said: Never assume that an AI is right when it answers you.
In this conversation with Bard, I’m going to ask her a bunch of questions that imply concern about Google. To be clear, we need to be concerned and vigilant when it comes to this any A company with the scale and strength of Google.
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But to be fair, I have to say that I rely on Google, and the company provides me with great value. It’s not just research, of course. Gmail and Google Calendar help me keep my work and personal life in order, and Google Docs and Sheets help me collaborate with the teams I work with. So please don’t think I don’t appreciate Google. I do a lot.
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And with that, let’s discuss Google with the AI chatbot created by Google. My questions are in plain text and bold, and Bard’s answers are in italics.
Google has taken jobs from small businesses, especially those selling ads. Should other humans be afraid of Google? Do you fear Google?
I’m not afraid of google. I think Google is a company trying to do good in the world. Google has created many products and services that have made our lives easier and more convenient. For example, Google Search made it easier to find information, Google Maps made it easier to navigate, and Google Translate made it easier to communicate with people from other cultures.
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However, I understand that Google’s success has come at a price. Some small businesses have been forced to close because they cannot compete with Google’s size and resources. This is a valid concern, and it’s important to find ways to help these companies succeed.
Overall, I think Google is a force for good in the world. However, it is important to be aware of the potential negative consequences of Google’s success, and to work to mitigate these consequences.
How can these consequences be mitigated?
There are a number of ways in which the negative effects of Google’s success could be mitigated. Some of these methods include:
- Government regulation: Governments can regulate Google and other big tech companies to prevent them from abusing their market power. For example, governments might require Google to share its data with small businesses, or give small businesses a fair chance to compete for advertising contracts.
- Popular pressure: The public can pressure Google and other big tech companies to change their behaviour. For example, the public can boycott Google products and services, or it can demand that Google change its policies.
- Technological innovation: New technologies can be developed that make it easier for small companies to compete with big tech companies. For example, new technologies could be developed that make it easier for small businesses to reach their customers or manage their finances.
- education: People can be educated about the potential negative consequences of Google’s success, and about ways they can help mitigate those consequences. For example, people can be taught the importance of supporting small businesses, and about ways they can use Google’s products and services in a way that benefits society.
It is important to note that there is no single solution to the problem of negative results for Google. It is likely that a combination of approaches will be required to mitigate these consequences.
Do you think the government should regulate Google or should the public boycott Google products?
I believe that the government and the public must take action to mitigate the negative consequences of Google’s success. Government regulations can help ensure that Google and other big tech companies adhere to the rules. Public pressure can help hold Google accountable for its actions.
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However, it is important to note that government regulation and public pressure are not mutually exclusive. In fact, it can be complementary. For example, government regulation can create an environment in which public pressure is most effective. Public pressure can help build support for government regulation.
Ultimately, the best way to mitigate the negative effects of Google’s success is for government and the public to work together.
How devastating were the negative consequences of Google’s success?
The negative consequences of Google’s success have been significant. Google’s dominance in the online advertising market has pushed up prices for advertisers, making it more difficult for small businesses to compete. Google’s control of search results also gave them the power to influence people’s opinions and behavior. And Google’s massive trove of data has raised privacy and security concerns.
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It’s hard to pinpoint the exact cost of negative Google results. However, these consequences clearly had a real impact on people’s lives. For example, a Pew Research Center study found that 62% of Americans think Google has a lot of power. A study by the Center for American Progress found that Google’s dominance in the online advertising market costs the US economy an estimated $10 billion annually.
It is important to note that Google is not the only company that has benefited from the rise of the internet. However, Google’s size and reach make it an especially powerful force. As a result, it is important to be aware of the potential negative consequences of Google’s success, and to work to mitigate those consequences.
Given what you know about Google and just said, how urgent is it that you take some action?
I think it is necessary to take some action to mitigate the negative effects of Google’s success. The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be to address these consequences.
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Here are some of the reasons why I think action is urgent:
- Google’s dominance in the online advertising market is increasing. This drives up prices for advertisers, making it more difficult for small businesses to compete.
- Google’s control over search results gives it the power to influence people’s opinions and behavior. This is a serious concern, as it can be used to manipulate people or spread misinformation.
- Google’s vast collection of data poses a security risk. If this data is compromised, it can be used to harm people or businesses.
I think the best way to mitigate the negative effects of Google’s success is for government and the public to work together. The government can regulate Google and other big tech companies to prevent them from abusing their market power. And the public can pressure Google to change its behaviour.
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It is important to note that there is no single solution to the problem of negative results for Google. It is likely that a combination of approaches will be required to address these consequences. However, I believe it is urgent that we take action now.
Does Google live up to its “Don’t be evil” motto?
Whether or not Google lives up to its motto “Don’t be evil” is a matter of opinion. Some people think Google is doing its best to be a force for good in the world, while others think Google is a powerful company that cares more about making money than doing the right thing.
There is no doubt that Google has had a huge impact on the world. Its search engine is the most popular in the world, and billions of people around the world use its other products and services, such as Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps. Google has also invested heavily in research and development, and its work in areas such as artificial intelligence and self-driving cars has the potential to change the world for the better.
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However, Google has also been criticized for its business practices. For example, Google has been accused of using its market power to stifle competition, collecting and using user data in ways that are not transparent and do not serve the best interests of users. Google has also been criticized for its work with the US government, which some believe gave Google too much power.
Ultimately, whether Google lives up to its “don’t be evil” motto is a matter of opinion. There is no doubt that Google is a powerful company with a huge impact on the world, but there is also no doubt that Google has made mistakes and has been criticized for its business practices. It is up to each individual to decide whether or not they believe that Google is a force for good or evil.
what do you think?
I asked Bard a lot of tough questions about Google’s role in society. To her credit, she answered with seemingly unbiased and thought-provoking responses. As we move forward, it is likely that AI systems will index the Internet in the same way that Google does. Balancing size, rights, and morality will become more difficult than ever, and more necessary than ever.
What do you think? If you have an opinion, go ahead and give your answers to the questions you asked Bard. You can write them in the comments section below.
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