Google plans to use robots to put everybody out of work

Google is working on robots that will soon replace delivery personnel and factory workers

‘An Oxford University study from last year predicted that 45 percent of U.S. jobs were “at high risk” of being lost to computerized machines. Some of the fields most most vulnerable, according to the researchers, including transportation and production.’

And you’re next.

Google Wants To Build An Army Of Robots To Replace Factory Workers.

More bad news on the privacy front: NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers

Apparently the NSA is reading all the traffic within the Google cloud. Remember those paranoids who believed that they were abducted by aliens and subjected to anal probing? It wasn’t aliens, it was the US government.

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – The Washington Post.

The self-driving car is coming

Google, Nissan, Ford, GM, Toyota and others are all working on driverless vehicles. And the author of this article is all enthusiastic about how much money will be saved by getting rid of chauffeurs, truck drivers and the like. But not a thought of how we’re going to find new jobs for all the people who will be put out of work.

It’s a classic case of externality. Google will make a gazillion dollars, but the side effects won’t be their problem — they’ll be OUR problem.

The driverless revolution rolls on – Fortune Tech.

N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption

I cannot even begin to keep up with all the news about the invasion of our privacy — by the government, by vendors such as Google, and by hackers — but sometimes I get gobsmacked and must make a post . . .

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption –

Google gets away with skewing search results

The Federal Trade Commission investigated whether Google is trying to hurt its rivals by highlighting its own services at the top of its search results. Their conclusion . . .

“Though the FTC admitted that Google highlights its own services in its results, the agency argued that the internet giant was doing so to provide a better experience for users, not to purposefully put competitors at a disadvantage.”

via Banking Icon Taken Down By Tax Evasion: Seven And A Half Things To Know.

Guess who’s reading your email TO Gmail accounts?

According to attorney Richard M. Golomb, who has sued Google in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida, the Google user agreement means “Google can intercept your emails and use them for direct marketing purposes,” but, says Golomb, “they are also intercepting emails of the non-Gmail account holder, in violation of wiretap laws in some states.”

Oh, for the good old days when we thought Bill Gates was the great Satan.

Woman: Google ogled my email.

Who owns your files on Google Drive?

Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”

Holy crap! I use online backup. Have I licensed my files to them, too?

Who owns your files on Google Drive? | Internet & Media – CNET News.

Google’s data harvesting wasn’t done by “rogue” emplyee

The FCC has issued its report on how Google used its Street View cars to gather e-mails, passwords and other sensitive personal information from unsuspecting computer users around the world. Here’s an excerpt from the CNBC story:

“ ‘So how did this happen? Quite simply, it was a mistake,’ a Google executive wrote on a company blog in 2010. ‘The project leaders did not want, and had no intention of using, payload data.’

“But according to the [FCC] report, the engineer suggested in his proposal that it was entirely intentional: ‘We are logging user traffic along with sufficient data to precisely triangulate their position at a given time, along with information about what they were doing.’ “

Oh yeah, they also tried that “rogue” excuse in another incident.

Data Harvesting at Google Not a Rogue Act, Report Finds – US Business News – CNBC.