Attempts by the EU to break up the Google monopoly have been described by The Economist as Googlephobia. We look at comment on this and on a warning by Professor Stephen Hawking that computers could one day "outsmart us all".
Big, bad Google?
The EU’s moves to try to separate search engines from other commercial services is the latest and most dramatic outbreakof Googlephobia in Europe, writes The Economist.
… Instead of attacking successful American companies, Europe’s leaders should ask themselves why their continent has not produced a Google or a Facebook. Opening up the EU’s digital services market would do more to create one than protecting local incumbents. …
"The idea that computers may one day turn on man is not so far-fetched," writes the Financial Times. Professor Stephen Hawking told an interviewer recently that artificial intelligence (AI) could "outsmart us all" and that there is a "near certainty" that the result would be a technological catastrophe.
… There is no evidence that scientists will struggle to control computers, even at their most advanced stage. But this is a sector in which pioneers must tread carefully — and with their eyes open to the enduring ability of science to surprise us.