Leaked Google video: a disturbing concept to reshape humanity with data

  • Published on:  5/18/2018
  • Google Selfish Ledger is a 2016 video made inside the company that imagines a world where the company had so much data, it could map human behaviors, social issues, mental illness, and more. It's a frightening, dystopian idea that feels part of a sci-fi movie. Here's what it actually says about Google and Silicon Valley at large. Watch the full video: https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/17/17...*Correction: Nick Foster is the current Head of Design at X (Formerly Google X).Subscribe: https://goo.gl/G5RXGsCheck out our full video catalog: https://goo.gl/lfcGfqVisit our playlists: https://goo.gl/94XbKxLike The Verge on Facebook: https://goo.gl/2P1aGcFollow on Twitter: https://goo.gl/XTWX61Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvXRead More: http://www.theverge.com


  • The Verge
    The Verge  a years ago+239

    Would you be comfortable with your data getting passed on into the future? - Jake

  • Andrew Gilfillian
    Andrew Gilfillian a years ago+45

    The orwell tingles are back again

  • Jorge Bush
    Jorge Bush a years ago+252

    This thumbnail is bad.

  • Brandon Pereira
    Brandon Pereira a years ago+27

    This is "The Circle" movie in a nutshell.

  • techdrawer
    techdrawer a years ago+243

    Google giving off some Mr. Robot Evil Corp vibes rn

  • Oluwaseyi Jimoh
    Oluwaseyi Jimoh a years ago+441

    Powerful stuff from the verge

  • ChouzetsuDynamic
    ChouzetsuDynamic a years ago+151

    the background music in the Google video is DJ Sona from League of Legends lel

  • Bartosz Olszewski
    Bartosz Olszewski a years ago +214

    The thing is, I don't believe we really want our problems solved. This won't really make us happy, living in a world controlled by big data companies. It feels human to have problems and to have freedom, privacy, and control. I don't want to loose that.

  • J Longauer
    J Longauer a years ago+53

    This video is about dataism; sort of religion of tech chiefs in Silicon Valley.

  • Justus Mallach
    Justus Mallach a years ago+19

    I think a healthy debate & discussion is better than when things just become real at some point.

  • Shellyman Studios
    Shellyman Studios a years ago+88

    I'm loving these documentaries from the Verge! Very informative and short.

  • Professor X
    Professor X a years ago+152

    So that means only china is safe*
    Hmm that's interesting

  • Austin Cameron
    Austin Cameron a years ago+11

    Another step towards transhumanism, also a Google X experiment. The Verge should do a video on Project 2045 if they’re bold enough.

  • Krishant Singha
    Krishant Singha a years ago+4

    It's kinda like the anime Psycho-Pass where government uses psychological data of a person to determine the threat of that person to society to protect society.

  • Muaz Kashif
    Muaz Kashif a years ago+1

    Quill of Cornelius Fudge?
    Edit: That Black Mirror nod at the end with the logo. 👌

  • Israel T
    Israel T a years ago +1

    George Orwell's: The party
    Taken to the next level

  • chris moles
    chris moles a years ago+4

    If the data were controlled, processed and distributed on a decentralized ledger in which an immutable consensus mechanism could be implemented that enforced a "for the greater good of the many" pragmatic philosophical doctrine, then I could see the validity of entertaining such a Gedankenerfahrung. However, I would neither provide consent, nor forego objection, to allowing such a network to be controlled by a centralized entity; in fact, I would submit that we should violently oppose the very notion of its creation.

  • Jack Paton
    Jack Paton a years ago+5

    One of the most thought-provoking things I’ve seen in the while. What with Duplex and now this, Google seems like it really does want to have a part in a Black Mirror episode! Great video Verge!

  • Aditya Imam W
    Aditya Imam W a years ago+5

    thats why google removed "don't be evil" slogan

  • Cylume
    Cylume a years ago+4

    Your face is uncomfortably close.