Posted: 31 May 2013 06:17 AM PDT
I read “Google Adds Nutrition Info for over 1,000 Foods to Search Results.” According to the write up, “Google is incorporating nutrition data into search; beginning today, results will include “extensive” details on calories, carbohydrates, proteins, sugars, and other relevant food info.” How significant is the fact delivery adjustment? I think it is pretty important. Google can shape content based on its numerical recipes to advance an agenda via search results. Just as Google is influencing the perception of self driving vehicles and commercially sponsored connectivity in the US and Africa, Google’s ability to push buttons and spin dials in the information world will have interesting consequences.
Stephen E Arnold, May 31, 2013
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Phi Beta Iota: There are multiple catastrophic trends converging in the US information and intelligence environment. Among them are the refusal of the federal government to be accountable for ethical evidence-based decision-support as the foundation for governance; the privatization of inherent governmental functions demanding (in theory) absolute accountability to the public interest; and the absolute ignorance of the government with respect to computational mathematics and the ethics of information. Google manipulates search results and is now gearing up to manipulate facts. The only thing worse that a dysfunctional government is Google functioning as an alternative reality. Computational mathematics? The US Government cannot even spell the term, much less perform responsibly in this arena.