Cool documentary on Google. 47 minutes long.
It starts off on quite a basic level and covers information that most Google-watchers will already know. There are interviews with Melissa Mayer and other Google people – there’s plenty of shots inside the candy-colored Googleplex. The origins of “Don’t be evil” are discussed – it was apparently a directive for a meeting.
Then the documentary starts to ask some hard questions – about the Holocaust. The documentary looks at the subjective bias of the algorithms, and the nature of truth. Privacy questions. Retaining data. The potential for the mis-use of information. “Why would someone want to make all the worlds information available?” – the inference being, I think, that underneath lies a desire for control. Is information storage and retrieval going to be a private enterprise or a public enterprise, and what are the consequences of that?
Great questions. Watching…