Accountability - quotes

“To me, what you want to do is find a way to let this play out between the virtual world and the physical world…Ultimately, I think society will get there. It will be messy, but we’ll get there.” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said about the rollout of driverless cars, News, 11-15-11,

“Sergey and Larry almost always decided to take the risk. They were pretty fearless.” Doug Edwards author of “I’m Feeling Lucky: Confessions of Google Employee Number 59. 7-27-11 quoted in The Telegraph.

"There are many, many things that Google could do, that we choose not to do." "One day we we had a conversation where we figured out we could just try to predict the stock market, and then we decided it would be illegal. So we stopped doing that."

"It's every man for himself," he says, grinning. "In the end, it seems every machine has to defend itself. The internet was designed that way."

Google scored the lowest in the survey on accountability, a "17" out of 100, when the high score was "88" out of 100.

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place"

"We try not to have too many controls." "People will do things that they think are in the interests of the company. We want them to understand the values of the firm, and interpret them for themselves."

"We don't actually want you to be successful..."

"We won't (and shouldn't) try to stop the faceless scribes of drivel, but we can move them to the back row of the arena."

"Ultimately our goal at Google is to have the strongest advertising network and all the world's information"

"We are, to be honest, quite secretive about what we do.”

"Search is critical. If you are not found, the rest cannot follow."

"My bias right now tends to be 'It's every man for himself'"

“We cannot even answer the most basic questions because we don’t know enough about you. That is the most important aspect of Google’s expansion.”

"We want to be Santa Claus. We want to make lots of toys that people like playing with. But if you don't want to play with our toys, you've got us."