The ubiquity of smartphone cameras should put to rest any thought that the skies are full of alien space craft. Likewise, the ubiquity of cameras and microphones tell us why and when technology executives have been put out to pasture. Here’s an example.
What? Me? Worry?
Here’s how this pasture analogy plays out. Google was started by a group of young, energetic engineers, and the company grew crazy fast.
Schmidt was brought in as the adult supervisor, but his time as oversight chief has come and gone, having been put out to pasture (also known as the Chairman, without the CEO title) by Google’s founders.
What did Schmidt do to warrant being bumped upstairs where he can Do No Evil? It’s a hefty list but here are a few examples, plus the latest.
On targeting uses with advertising:
The technology will be so good it will be very hard for people to watch or consume something that has not in some sense been tailored for them.
On Android OS:
Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone.
Is Google creepy by choice?
Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.
There’s been spying for years, there’s been surveillance for years, and so forth, I’m not going to pass judgement on that, it’s the nature of our society
If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place
Is it any wonder that Schmidt was removed from the CEO office and put in charge of conducting board meetings and wandering the halls? The former Apple board member doesn’t mind taking potshots at Apple with ludicrous statements not based in fact.
In Google’s place, we have always been the leader in security and in encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great
Honestly, I spit coffee on my keyboard when I read that. Schmidt even denied that Google harvests user data. Without a definition, lets assume that ‘user data’ means information owned by or about a user.
Hello? Google’s entire business model is predicated on treating the user as a product, and that means gathering and harvesting user data for profit. The only problem with Schmidt being let out to pasture is that the pasture isn’t far enough away from the rest of mankind.