Most Americans who have been paying attention to what amounts to “news” these days, know that independent investigative journalists like James O’Keefe of Project Veritas have been exposing social media platforms and big tech companies for installing their political biases in the programming of their products.
What has not been highlighted outside of the alternative media, though, is the ties tech giant Google has to China, including the Chinese Army. That little tidbit exploded in the world of tech on Sunday when Peter Thiel, a board member at Facebook, and a supporter of President Donald Trump made a stark statement at the National Conservative Conference that Google’s connection to China is “treasonous” and needs to be investigated by both the CIA and FBI.
“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?
“Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?
“Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military… because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn’t go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?”
Given other industries’s experiences in China, especially the theft of technology, these are legitimate questions that need to be answered.
Thiel added that these questions “need to be asked by the FBI, by the CIA, and I’m not sure quite how to put this, I would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.” Thiel has been a long time supporter of Artificial Intelligence, joining Elon Musk and Reid Hoffman in pledging to commit a total of $1 billion to the non-profit group OpenAI in 2015.
This is not the first time Google has been called out on their relationship with China, but it is one of the only times they’ve been called out by someone in the industry. Google’s relationship with China needs a closer look, that’s for sure.