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Schmidt admits that he thought the "don't be evil" slogan was stupid when he first came to Google

In a recent interview with NPR, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said that he used to think his company's famous slogan -- "don't be evil" -- was stupid.

NPR host Peter Sagal interviewed Schmidt recently on a segment called "Not My Job," which humorously speaks with important leaders and includes a game of some sort. 

Sagal asked Schmidt how Google came up with the slogan, "don't be evil." 

"Well, it was invented by Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin]," said Schmidt. "And the idea was that we don't quite know what evil is, but if we have a rule that says don't be evil, then employees can say, I think that's evil. Now, when I showed up, I thought this was the stupidest rule ever, because there's no book about evil except maybe, you know, the Bible or something.

"So what happens is, I'm sitting in this meeting, and we're having this debate about an advertising product. And one of the engineers pounds his fists on the table and says, that's evil. And then the whole conversation stops, everyone goes into conniptions, and eventually we stopped the project. So it did work."

Sagal then humorously accused Schmidt of being the "businessman" type out of the group (among Page and Brin) who felt that an American business couldn't be evil. 

"You're coming in, like, you're a businessman who's been successful in all kinds of Silicon Valley business," said Sagal. "And you come in, and you're like this thing about not being evil, that'll never work in American business. What, are you crazy, kids?"

Sagal and Schmidt discussed a few other topics as well, such as Google Glass. Sagal asked Schmidt what the glasses are used for exactly. 

"Well, we don't quite know yet," said Schmidt. "We have maybe 2,000 of these. We've shipped them out to developers, and we're seeing what they develop. There's obviously issues, shall we say, of appropriateness of how people are going to use these things. There's a right time to have Google Glass on, and there's a right time to have it off, if you take my drift. 

"So kind of watch and see what people do with it and then decide what to do."

Source: NPR

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RE: Google Glass is the future
By Reclaimer77 on 5/14/2013 8:02:57 PM , Rating: 2
No, you're dead. A replica of you is recreated but you're just stone cold vaporized.

Uhh that's not Star Trek, that sounds more like The Prestige, where Tesla created a cloning machine.

Teleporters in Star Trek convert your matter into an energy beam that's collected by another transporter which converts your energy patterns back into matter. At an exact 1 to 1 ratio.

Nothing is "vaporized".

RE: Google Glass is the future
By althaz on 5/14/2013 8:40:41 PM , Rating: 3
What exactly do you think "converts your matter to energy patterns" means exactly, lol :).

It means ripping your sub-atomic particles apart in order to capture the information they contained (that's you).

RE: Google Glass is the future
By Reclaimer77 on 5/14/2013 9:04:05 PM , Rating: 2
This stuff is over your head I guess. Sure it's science fiction, but claiming the Transporters kill you and create a clone of you in your place is absurd.

Also we know from watching the show that you are conscious during transport. The technology of the show is fantastic, but I'm pretty sure the transporter doesn't have mechanisms to transfer your consciousness and the entirety of your life experiences and memories into a new body.

RE: Google Glass is the future
By finetsky on 5/20/2013 10:25:50 AM , Rating: 2
"transfer your consciousness and the entirety of your life experiences and memories into a new body."
Consciousness and memories are function of your brain. When you transport and assemble it back together then you are perfectly yourself again.
'entirety of your life'?? What do you mean? I have never seen anyone being eternal by any means.

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