The original purpose of Google, the world’s most intrusive search engine, was to assemble all of human knowledge and make it accessible to everybody for profit.
Recently, a research paper by Google staff used a database grandly dubbed the “Knowledge Vault” as the basis for a claim that “we were able to reliably predict the trustworthiness of 119 million web pages and 5.6 million websites.”
Yeah, right. Google has proven so unreliable that I, for one, no longer trust it. Here are just some of the reasons why.
Let’s go back to the beginning of Google. The word itself is actually an error. The word the infant geeks who founded Google were looking for was “Googol,” the mathematicians’ term for a 1 followed by 100 zeroes a very large number. And have they corrected their mistake? No.
Very nearly all of the corporate political donations from Google and from its individual execs go to the “Democrats.” So how can one place any reliance on Google’s selection of “facts” in its grandiose “Knowledge Vault”?
A couple of examples. Fox News, in its coverage of the Google paper, said this: “The Google researchers give, as an example, websites that say President Obama was born in Kenya; such sites would be penalized in Google rankings, whereas sites that correctly say he was born in the U.S. would be given a boost in rankings.”
Here’s a test. Read my sworn statement, written after months of research at the request of a firm of lawyers in Hawaii. After reading it, how confident can you be that Mr. Obama’s “birth certificate” from Hawaii is genuine? And, if there is a statable case that it is not genuine, how do we know where Mr. Obama was born?
Yet that is the example of a “fact” that the Google researchers chose to give.
Google has also intervened interfered would be a better word in the climate debate. Its crony capitalists go along with the climate-communist party line almost unanimously. How many of its vaunted “2.8 billion facts” mention that there has been no global warming for up to 18 years, and none statistically distinguishable from zero for more than 26 years? Or that in September last year the global extent of sea ice was at its greatest in the 35-year satellite record?
I don’t trust Google. Nor should you. The time is coming when active measures are going to have to be taken to ensure that anyone however wealthy or powerful who abuses a dominant market position to peddle uncorrected falsehoods as though they were truth should be prosecuted for it. If there is a choice between the formal process of examining and cross-examining evidence and the frankly Marxist beliefs in the Google execs’ playpen, give me the courts any day.