Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed in an interview with the New York Times, Thursday, that “Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems,” and defended Google’s cooperation with authoritarian governments.
But there’s a deeper thing here, which is: Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems.
In the interview, Pichai also spoke about Google’s censored Chinese search engine project, declaring, “One of the things that’s not well understood, I think, is that we operate in many countries where there is censorship.
Google, under Pichai, is currently working on a censored search engine for the Chinese government, code-named Project Dragonfly, which will stop dissidents from searching for terms related to human rights, democracy, and protest, and will link searches to the searcher’s phone number — eroding anonymity.
On the topic of the mass Google employee walkout protest against sexual harassment at the company last week, Pichai noted, “People are walking out because they want us to improve and they want us to show we can do better.