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5/05/2006
  Google's Achilles Heel
What's the biggest danger to Google's future? It's not Microsoft, it's not Yahoo and it ain't click fraud.

It's Al Gore.

Well, not actually Al himself, but the intellectual homogeneity he represents.

You see, people at Google LOVE Al Gore. He visits there a lot. He's been a senior advisor to the company since 2001. He travels on private jets with Sergey and Larry.

When Al shows up and gives his global warming stump speech, he has the Googlers eating from the palm of his hand. They just love the guy.

So, what's the problem with that? Just this: Google has hired too many non-skeptical group-thinkers. If, in a group of 5000 engineers, there is a vast majority who accept Al Gore as a credible source of environmental science, something is wrong. Very, very wrong.

Engineers should naturally be able to see through this William Jennings Bryan of eco-alarmism. If they bothered to look at Peter Norvig's blog or actual temperature data, they might draw less extreme, more scientifically valid conclusions.

The biggest threat to Google is internal. The love affair with Al Gore is a bad sign that too many of their people don't bring enough intellectual diversity and skepticism to the table.

 


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