Every time the tech gloriosa sit down in front of US Congress we get a picture of how far advanced are our overlords beyond their caretakers. Every. Single. Time.
Sundar Pichai gave a three and a half hour testimony to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday about bias in the search giant's algorithms. Just listen to this headline (from Business Insider):
"Google CEO Sundar Pichai's testimony to Congress exposed the abject failings and futility of Washington's version of tech policy"
That's what a journalist had to say about the affair. Government in America, especially Republican government, is concerned about the power wielded by titanic tech as it casts aspersions over their *ahem* indisputable credentials as effective moral leadership (I mean, who isn't), and they're looking to Mr. Pichai to answer to them.
I would argue tech has to answer to someone, but I'm not sure it ought to be American Republicans. It ought to be to reality.
Uber is going advertising. Do we really want all of the big companies in the world to be ad companies? I suppose that's a tough thing to stop - maybe at least we can convince them to advertise with Good-Loop.