The Google Dilemma – Grimmelman

     Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Lord Acton, 1834-1902)   The Google Dilemma by Grimmelman reminded me of this famous epigram again, which was also cited before in the article of Martin, B. From my point of view, the power itself is not a something to be blamed because competition and its result may be one of the reasonable consequences in the nature. What I recognized from this epigram was, nonetheless, power could be problematic when men of power or people around them try to manipulate it for their own interests.

     Even though Google says, “Don’t blame us, the computers did it”(Grimmelman, 944), I do not think we need to be upset about it. That is not because Google has no responsibility at all, but because that is the way technology improves. To put it another way, we need constant efforts to make the internet credible and useful, which will not be done instantly. At the same time,  it will be essential to observe and supervise the internet so that no one can abuse the authority, as Grimmelman’s thesis works.

S.Soo

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One response to “The Google Dilemma – Grimmelman

  1. Yes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. I absolutely agree with that, and I also agree with what you said about men of power manipulating it for their own interests. That is what lawyers in general do in my opinion, they try to manipulate facts and ideas so they can find a way to bend the law no matter in which side they are. It seems to me that everything is a big game. They have a goal to reach, which I don’t exactly know what it is, and then they have all these obstacles (the law) in their way, and whoever have the best strategies and the most power, wins and become even more powerful.
    I just read an article about Google Energy. Google is going to start buying and selling energy and controlling power consumption. I really hope that this is all for the best, since the idea is to use “clean” and renewable energy. It seems that google has a lot of good intentions, green energy, scanning and digitizing every single book available and the most important, making sure we get the “best” and “most important” information in our searching. Some people would disagree though, I heard someone saying the other day that the government should force google to sell part of its empire, because google is becoming a powerful monopoly, but can the government do that? Do they have enough power?
    Marcelo.

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