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Google is doomed because it doesn’t get information theory

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That’s tech philosopher George Gilder’s view:

George Gilder

Last month, World News Daily did a three-part interview with George Gilder on the publication of Life after Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, which unpacks some of the book’s main ideas:

Part One: “Reagan guru, predictor of iPhone foresees new web revolution”

In 1981, his bestselling “Wealth and Poverty” provided a blueprint for the economic revolution led by Ronald Reagan, who cited him more than any other living author. In the 1994 version of his book “Life After Television,” he predicted the digital world in which we now live and the invention of the smartphone that now dominates daily life. And long before the iPhone was introduced in 2007, Apple founder Steve Jobs read “Life After Television” and passed it on to his colleagues.

Gilder affirmed that the premise of “Life After Google” reflects, in part, his co-founding of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, which in addition to being an economic think tank is known as the chief promoter of the theory of intelligent design.

He affirmed that if carried out to its logical conclusion, Google’s future is “dystopian to the extent that they eclipse the creativity of human beings and imagine that essentially their new machines make humans obsolete.”

“They really don’t grasp information theory,” he said, noting it’s a central theme of the Discovery Institute. … George Gilder talks tech at World News Daily” at Mind Matters Today

See also: Imagining life after Google A compendium of thoughts from the reviews

7 Replies to “Google is doomed because it doesn’t get information theory

  1. 1
    daveS says:

    Go here for the death watch.

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    News says:

    daveS at 1: Google is making enemies as well as money, including powerful ones.

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    EricMH says:

    @daveS, wonder what it looks like with costs factored in?

    About Revenues
    Income that a company gains from business activities, calculated before any expenses are subtracted. Includes all sales and other increases in owner’s equity. Increasing revenues over time are generally a good sign of company’s growth.

    While a bit obvious, if a lemonade company has sold 30 million in revenue and has 10 million in costs of goods sold, the company’s revenue is still 30 million. (Expenses are not accounted in Revenue).

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    EricMH says:

    George Gilder is right, though, Google does not understand information theory and the limits of algorithmic systems. I.e. the data processing inequality and the law of information non-growth.

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    daveS says:


    I believe Google itself is still quite profitable (as is Alphabet).
    Some other projects held by Alphabet are currently losing money, on the other hand.

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    Mung says:

    Google does not understand information theory and the limits of algorithmic systems.

    Well heck, even I don’t understand information theory. So no surprise to me that Google doesn’t.

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    tragic mishap says:

    I understand information theory. I also made a bunch of money on crypto. Thanks intelligent design!

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