Big Tech Is Bigger Than You Realize

Old-Thinker News | Jan. 19, 2018

By Daniel Taylor

Former Google Employee and Behevioral Scientist: “A handful of people, working at a handful of technology companies, through their choices will steer what a billion people are thinking today.” “All of our minds can be hijacked. Our choices are not as free as we think they are.”

Recently, there have been calls for breaking up the monopolies of tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter. The general public knows them all by name. We use their devices and services every day. But, do we know how far their influence goes?

Many of us have seen the recent headlines. Twitter employees have been caught on video admitting to censorship and viewing users private messages and photos. Facebook is cracking down on the spread of “fake news”. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos wealth has now surpassed Bill Gates.

These stories merely scratch the surface of the structure, methods and end goals of the technocratic elite. Tech moguls, in hand with tax exempt foundations, have established a system of control and influence above sovereign governments while pushing the global population to become addicted to their devices and dependent on the various technologies that they deploy. Will a “Tech-lash” bring them down?

The Hybrid Age

These elites are operating in what some call a “Hybrid age” in which new “poles of power” exist that “…mange the intersection of technology, capital, and identity…”

In his 2011 book How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, Parag Khanna – Director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation – outlines a vision for the future in which mega corporations, NGOs and governments team up to govern the globe. As the Asia Times reports:

“Apart from the usual government/institutional suspects, Khanna includes an array of extra players in the new rulers of the world, mostly powerful NGOs such as the Gates Foundation. These players are particularly fond of the global conference circuit – from the annual bash at in Davos of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to the seductively mysterious Bilderberg Group.”

Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna write in Foreign Policy magazine, “As we move into the Hybrid Age, whoever has the capacity to mange the intersection of technology, capital, and identity can become a pole of power.” As we have seen, tax exempt foundations and corporations like Google have taken on a powerful role in global affairs. Governments are increasingly taking a back seat to the influence of these groups. Some have charged that they are “monopolizing development.”

An article from the Guardian points out that tax exempt foundations like the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation are increasingly setting the global agenda. “Their strategy includes placing people in international organisations, and gaining privileged access to scientific, business and political elites,” reports the Guardian.

Facebook, Google and Amazon are working with these foundations to fund key technologies and promote their agenda.

Bilderberg 2.0: Big Tech overtakes Bilderberg as power brokers of the globe

Thanks to the efforts of alternative media, the secretive Bilderberg conference was exposed. However, other elite gatherings have continued in broad daylight, but with little public attention. The Edge Billionaire Dinner and the Google Zeitgeist conference are two notable examples. As with Bilderberg; Bankers, politicians, leading tech pioneers, and other influential elites attend these meetings.

While covering the 2013 Bilderberg meeting, Paul Joseph Watson reported that the secretive group was undergoing a major transformation in the digital age, recast as “Google-Berg”. Watson reported that “Bilderberg is merging with Google under the stewardship of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, a regular Bilderberg attendee.”

Google’s semi-public, invitation only meetings function mostly to reinforce a globalist agenda among “lower level” elites; A higher level of “intellectual” propaganda to keep the intelligentsia on the same page. In addition, they recruit up and coming entrepreneurs and tech pioneers into the “big tech” world.

These conferences and their attendees have a vested interest in promoting and preserving globalism. Transhumanism, artificial intelligence, biotech and genetic engineering dominate their discussions of the future. An overall vision of absorbing the planet with technocratic AI driven “solutions” is a common factor among these elites.

Google Zeitgeist, as its name suggests, was founded by Google. A recent talk given by Google executive Eric Schmidt gave a glimpse into the kind of technocratic, globalist propaganda that attendees are exposed to.

“For me personally, my entire narrative comes from an investment in science, optimism, and globalization…” Schmidt stated. After defending the “liberal world order” he then talks about artificial intelligence and the “solutions” that it provides.

The Edge Billionaire Dinner

In 2000, The Wall Street Journal ran the headline “At the Growing Billionaires’ Dinner, Tech Stars Move to Grown-Ups’ Table“.

Organized by John Brockman – a little known but highly influential agent based in New York – The Edge Billionaire Dinner has hosted all of the biggest names in the tech industry; Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Evan Williams, Bill Joy, Larry Page and others.

Brockman’s 1969 book Afterwords foreshadows the transhumanist philosophy of later years which envisions man merging with machine. He writes, “Man was nothing more than a model, a technique. It is necessary to construct a new model… The human delusion lies in the belief that the human being is the basis of reality and the final goal of the evolution.”

The Edge billionaire meetings have discussed the future of genetic engineering, biocomputation and re-designing humanity. Physicist Freeman Dyson described the individuals leading this group as having god-like power to create entirely new species on earth in a “New Age of Wonder”. He describes them as:

“…a new generation of artists, writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses, might create an abundance of new flowers and fruit and trees and birds to enrich the ecology of our planet.”

Notorious author Michael Wolff wrote in 2000 for New York mag regarding the elite conference circles,

“Conferences are to the technology business what weddings are to the Godfather movies. This is the time for the extended family to come together, to pay its respects to the dons and capos, and a time for people who want to be associated with the family to come and be introduced.”

The Edge Dinner has sparked projects that impact the world.

As revealed in the 2005 book “The Google Story“, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin met with Craig Venter – credited with creating synthetic life – at the Edge Billionaires meeting. Also present were representatives from the U.S. State department, Bill Gates, Anne Wojcicki, Bill Joy and dozens of other tech company CEO’s and scientists. The authors write, “Not long after the dinner in California, Brin and Page teamed up with Venter. The biologist gained access to Google’s immense computing power and personnel.”

 In a precursor to the launch of “personal genomics” company 23andme the following year, Dr. Craig Venter was in discussions with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to:
“…generate a gene catalogue to characterize all the genes on the planet and understand their evolutionary development. Geneticists have wanted to do this for generations… Google will build up a genetic database, analyze it, and find meaningful correlations for individuals and populations.”

“It literally is at a point now we’ve created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”

“Big Tech” elites have fundamentally altered our society. Their influence reaches across the planet. Executives like Steve Jobs And Bill Gates have admitted that they limit or don’t allow their children to use the very technology they helped create. A recent wave of insiders have come forward with regret over the system they were involved with.

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya stated late last year that “It literally is at a point now we’ve created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is literally where we are. I would encourage all of you how to internalize this is – if you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you.”

Facebook’s first president Sean Parker stated regarding the app, “It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

Jaron Lanier, who has rubbed shoulders with the elites at The Edge Billionaire dinner, has also warned about the tech takeover. He told the New York Times, “This is such a scary time, isn’t it?… I mean, it is for me. I had always feared we would create this social-manipulation technology out of computers.”

Tristan Harris, a former Google employee and behavioral scientist, is sounding the alarm over the immense influence of Big Tech. In a profile from the Guardian, he said that “I don’t know a more urgent problem than this.” “It’s changing our democracy, and it’s changing our ability to have the conversations and relationships that we want with each other.” Harris went further to say that “All of our minds can be hijacked. Our choices are not as free as we think they are.”

Growing awareness of the pervasive influence of big tech is causing some within silicon valley to make the choice to disconnect from the digital world. They are warning us. Are we listening?

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