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#algorithmicEvil - Social Mediation Is Worse Than Surveillance and Commercial Exploitation

A friend of mine sent me this link: Microsoft Internal Google Chrome Parody
 
It's purportedly an internal Microsoft video highlighting Google as a surveillance company bent on exploiting your privacy for commercial gain. As of this writing, the video has racked up over 600,000 views and more than 2,800 comments. 
 
The video is spot-on.
 

#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.

#algorithmic-evil

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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