The 64th World Science Fiction Convention
, always referenced as Worldcon
by Condom, kicked-off yesterday in Anaheim, California. Marketing themselves amongst the usual throng of Klingons, Stormtroopers, Furries and Dominatrixes were the real geeks and nerds from the ever-in-Beta Google company.Google let it be known
they'd be throwing a party on the first night of Worldcon to celebrate science fiction's influence on the Great Googled Society. But they were also looking to gain something for their trouble:
"If you think Google might be a good fit for you, stop by the party or head over to our jobs site."
You can see why Google would have interest in finding talent amid the True Believers of Con-goers and far away from the "mundanes" (fanspeak
for "A non-fan. Those people looking at you strangely in the elevator at the con hotel."). Science fiction & fantasy and IT talent go together like Kirk & Spock, Dr. Who & female companions, Cosplay
and Anime... Furries
&, uh well, other-Furries.
And maybe that's Google's real purpose at Worldcon: locating and identifying those special people that Google thinks will mesh with its super-secret corporate culture and business plans. Rumors — and they're just that, rumors that no one can really say one way or the other are more than just silly banter — have swirled around for years that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are themselves dedicated Furry enthusiasts who attend FurryCons incognito in their high-priced fursuits. If these bizarre rumors ever prove true &mdash and the Google boys really are furry fetishists — perhaps all that time devoted to furrying-around helps explain the perpetual beta-state of Google's product line. So it would make sense why Google would use Worldcon to recruit talent from the con-going community — Google has a similar insider/outsider mentality as Condom.
And you can understand Google's interest in science fiction. After all, they're apparently modeling their business model on Philip K. Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly
in which everything you do is being tracked, monitored, filmed and analyzed. Even though Google claims as its primary mission to successfully “organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible" online, this mantra does not apply to Google's own inner workings. Oh, no, of course not, NIMBY. Google tracks everything you do online when it can and wants to know more about you and your Internet habits.
Google keeps very hushed about how it does things, why it does them or what it's planning to do next to track, monitor and organize your information or how the company ultimately intends to use (or abuse) all the data it has collected on you, your life, your friends, your pets, your thoughts and dreams. Now, don't despair, there is some growing concern over this very mission as it relates to your privacy. But relax, sit back and surf the Internet, it's not "your" privacy after all, is it? It's Google's responsibility to harvest your data, to know more about your life than anyone else, including you.
But let's look at it with the tables turned. Go ahead, just try to find anything to verify or discredit the rumors of the Google founders and their connection to the furry scene using their own ubiqutious people-tracking products. It's impossible to find even a hint one way or the other. Could be there's nothing to it, after all, it's just half-joking rumors about the Google founders and furrydom. On the other hand, perhaps organizing and making accessible the world's information isn't their only mission statement. If you control all the information on everything, how hard can it be to redact the information to fursuit your own needs?
Apparently, we're just suppose to trust on blind faith the all-knowing Google with our personal and intimate data. I know, I know — They know what they're doing; Google wouldn't harm a fly. Yeah right, like I would trust people who are involved in a lawsuit over hushing-up exactly what they wanted on their not-so-little "party plane"
and who enthusiastically collaborate with with repressive governments
by censoring the very information they claim they want to be "universally accessible".
Could it get anymore PKDesque
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