The creeping Google militarization is beginning to lear to the massive company being termed “Big Brother Inc.” by critics. Google is increasingly positioning itself to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor, and those of a Big Brother approach to government.
Late last year, Google purchased Boston Dynamics, the inspiration for the fictional “Massive Dynamics” corporation in J.J. Abram’s former hit show Fringe.
The robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics has already been producing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department, specifically for military use. As far-fetched as it sounds, that translates to “killer robots.”
With Google having bought out Boston Dynamics over the past few months, Google’s broader military contracting ambitions are starting to come into better focus.
In 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that U.S. spy agencies had been using “Google equipment as the backbone of Intellipedia, a network aimed at helping agents share intelligence.” The article also revealed that Google had a support contract with the NSA: a comment mentioned in passing that was overlooked by many.
In 2010, the Washington Post reported that Google partnered with the NSA to figure out how Chinese hackers broke into their servers. The New York Times later reported that those same Chinese hackers stole Google’s entire password system called Gaia.
There are additional reasons why the U.S. military is becoming Google’s biggest customer and best friend. First, on the surface level of pure economics, consider the military value of Google’s research and development efforts and the military contracting pipeline revenue it could represent.
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