[Fox Business] Google’s ‘echo chamber’ workplace clouding its impartiality: former employee

A former Google software engineer sounded off against the tech giant and its company culture following the launch of its new Gemini AI that has garnered harsh criticism over its large language model.

Speaking exclusively to FOX Business, Mike Wacker, who worked at Google from 2014 to 2019, says the flaws at Google run much deeper than the algorithm, which led its Gemini AI chatbot to generate historically “woke” and inaccurate images.

“The AI is more humanlike. But, on the flip side, it is more susceptible to the biases of the humans who are training these systems,” said Wacker “The echo chamber problem has always been there for a long time, but the introduction of AI has really amplified it.”

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Wacker was fired from Google, in his opinion, for being outspoken about politics and his conservative views. He ran a Republican newsletter that became the target of several HR complaints during his time at the company. 

Wacker described a hostile workplace environment where progressive views were reinforced and conservative points of view were punished. This environment bled into Google products.

“If you are a conservative or you’re Christian, you must very carefully measure your words. If you went into the wrong topic, maybe it’s just better not to speak at all,” said Wacker. “That definitely has an impact when they’re getting feedback internally — which voices do you hear, and which voices don’t you hear?”

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Google posted a blog addressing the controversy surrounding Gemini, writing the AI image generator “missed the mark” and has suspended the service upon further review. In a company-wide memo, CEO Sundar Pichai called the AI blunder “unacceptable.”

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Wacker also recalls a specific incident at Google where the company’s team in charge of search manually manipulated the results for abortion.

“There was a list of search query terms. An alternative algorithm would be used for those search terms. I found the exact change which added abortion and abortions to the special list,” Wacker claims. 

“This happened weeks after Pichai told Congress in sworn testimony, ‘We don’t manually intervene in any particular search result.'”

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Google is the most frequently used search engine worldwide, dominating more than 80% of the global search engine marketplace, according to Statista. The company is fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice. The DOJ is accusing Google of being a search engine monopoly.

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[Fox Business] LARRY KUDLOW: Joe Biden is a hopeless open border man

With all the hoopla reporting of the presidential visits to the Texas border, I haven’t seen any specific references to two very important laws passed by Congress and signed by other presidents that will go a long way toward solving Joe Biden’s catastrophic open border policy, and the roughly 10 million illegals who have entered our country. 

First, is section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president authority to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens.” It’s actually similar to President Trump’s Title 42, but it’s broader than public health emergencies. Second, is the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which added section 287(g) to the Immigration and Nationality Act. The gist of this amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act, is that it authorizes U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to delegate to state and local law enforcement officers the authority to perform specified immigration officer functions under the agency’s direction and oversight. 

What’s more, 287(g) gives ICE and local law enforcement partners to identify and remove incarcerated criminal non-citizens… to protect the Homeland through the arrest and removal of non-citizens who undermine the safety of our nation’s communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws. 

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I’m going through all this because Joe Biden, and for that matter any other president, has the legal authority to stop illegal immigrants right at the border, and the legal authority to deport illegals who are criminals. They may be in sanctuary cities, but they can still be deported. 

These bills would override sanctuary cities, and they would open the door to a massive deportation of illegals, working with local police and with ICE. Now this is essentially what former President Trump wants. He couldn’t be any clearer. He wants to go back to building a wall, “Remain in Mexico,” Title 42, and the policy of “catch and deport.” 

Mr. Trump wants to mount a national campaign with all the local police authorities and all of law enforcement to deport the criminals. By the way, Joe Biden’s phony border bill will not even ask if the illegals coming into this country were criminals in their own country. 

Unfortunately, we’re finding out there’s plenty of that. Hence, the terrible tragedy of Laken Riley and many others. Absolute tragedies. In his visit to Brownsville, all Biden could do is attack Republicans and push his spending bill, which would solve nothing regarding illegal immigration. Biden did not announce any executive actions, actions that are fully legal, as mentioned in the legislative acts that I referenced earlier. 

Mr. Trump, on the other hand, made it perfectly clear that he would use his congressionally mandated executive power to once again close the border and go after the criminals let loose inside this country. 

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That is what the 45th president refers to when he talks about illegal migrant crimes and ironically, down there in Eagle Pass, where Mr. Trump visited, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s razor wire fence barricades have been working  and slashing the number of illegals coming across. 

There’s a lesson in that and there’s a lesson in following the law. Joe Biden is a hopeless open border man. He’s wants to call them “newcomers”. What does that tell you? Maybe it tells you everything you need to know. It’s been a catastrophe for America and Donald Trump has plenty of legal executive authority to end this mess. I just tried to clarify all that. Those laws are for real.  

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