The Googleplex

Nicholas Carr’s  book The Shallows quotes George Dyson (author of Darwin among the Machines), who was invited to give a talk at the Googleplex – Google’s corporate headquarters.  George Dyson found the experience troubling.  It made him recall a remark made by a perceptive friend who had visited the Googleplex.  Said Dyson’s friend:  “I thought the coziness to be almost overwhelming.  Happy Golden Retrievers running in slow motion through water sprinklers on the lawn.  People waving and smiling, toys everywhere.  I immediately suspected that unimaginable evil was happening somewhere in the dark corners.  If the devil would come to earth, what place would be better to hide?”

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