Evil

#algorithmicEvil - More insight from the Googleplex

Mike Elgan's excellent Cult of Mac article Why Apple Won't Turn You Into A Cyborg is an excellent exposition of the very different worldviews of Google and Apple.
This quote nails it:
 

Google is founded on and obsessed by engineering and the power of algorithms to the same degree as Apple is with design.

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What does Google's new privacy policy and Facebook's ever-changing privacy policy have in common?
 
They are both harbingers of evil.
 
Not evil in the (dualistic) sense of being the opposite of good; but evil because they represent an arguably Faustian exchange of something essential for convenience.
 
Let me explain.
 
Ayn Rand defines evil in The Virtue of Selfishness as follows:
 

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