from Humans Are Free:
Amazon, Google and Facebook have taken over the world and are now a threat to our very existence.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of their more controversial practices:
People usually think Amazon is an e-commerce business, but that’s just one part of a much larger picture. For example, Amazon Web Services has hundreds of government agencies as customers.
Amazon’s Echo (and known colloquially as “Alexa”) came under scrutiny after a family told KIRO 7 that their Amazon device recorded a conversation they were having in their home, and sent it to a random contact.
The contact then alerted them to the fact that he had heard everything they said and sent the couple the email he had received with the audio files.
“My husband and I would joke and say I’d bet these devices are listening to what we’re saying,” Danielle said, noting that they never imagined the smart device would record their private conversations and then make them public.
After unplugging all of the devices, Danielle said she called Amazon multiple times before she received a response.
When an Alexa engineer finally looked into Danielle’s claims, she said he acknowledged that the device had recorded conversations inside her home and emailed them to a random contact.
Which begs the question “is Amazon’s Alexa, actually, a spying device?”
Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology
According to an article published by the Ron Paul Institute, “Amazon is also seeking profit from selling to government agencies facial recognition technology that can aid in conducting mass surveillance.”
According to a resolution filed by Amazon shareholders, they “are concerned Amazon’s facial recognition technology (“Rekognition”) poses risk to civil and human rights and shareholder value.
Civil liberties organizations, academics, and shareholders have demanded Amazon halt sales of Rekognition to government, concerned that our Company is enabling a surveillance system “readily available to violate rights and target communities of color.” Four hundred fifty Amazon employees echoed this demand, posing a talent and retention risk.
Brian Brackeen, former Chief Executive Officer of facial recognition company Kairos, said, “Any company in this space that willingly hands [facial recognition] software over to a government, be it America or another nation’s, is willfully endangering people’s lives.””
Upon hearing the name “Google”, most people think of the search engine. Very few people actually understand how dangerous the company has become. Google is intimately involved with the Military Industrial Complex, in the development of surveillance (i.e. spying) technologies, face recognition and real-time tracking.
Google’s Facial Recognition Technology
You can learn more about Google’s facial recognition technology right from the horse’s mouth:
And that’s just barely scratching the surface.
Google is Working on Robots for the DoD
Back in 2013, Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a military robotics contractor best known for projects that were funded by DARPA, which is part of the Department of Defense (DoD).
About 11 years ago, Boston Dynamics has uploaded the following video of “Big Dog” — one of their advanced robotics projects, — and it looks creepy, to say the least:
You can easily imagine an army of similar robots being weaponized and deployed against foreign or domestic enemies of the state. And that’s just one of the many similar projects that Boston Dynamics is currently working on.
In an article entitled “How Google Aims To Dominate Artificial Intelligence,” Dave Gershgorn writes:
“Internally, Google has spent the last three years building a massive platform for artificial intelligence and now they’re unleashing it on the world. Although, Google would prefer you call it machine intelligence. They feel that the word artificial intelligence carries too many connotations….”
As a matter of fact, the “sins” of Google are so many that it would require an entire article dedicated to the subject.
Google Engages in Censorship
According to investigative reporter Jon Rappoport, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California, Google is already turning intothe dystopian Ministry of Truth.