Will Tech Giants and Government Collide – Apple & Google

Chauncey: Welcome back to The Being Found Show. We’re going to talk a little bit about the news. It might be some old news to some people, but I bet you a lot of these people don’t even know that the iPhone operating system 12 introduced new screen time features for you to track and sort of control your phone time. With Screen Time, you can see how often you pick up your iOS device, which apps you’re using, which apps are sending the most notifications, and other details.

Find out more apple the Apple time counter program in this article by Macrumors.com; How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12

Chauncey: It does bring up the question, will government end up coming in and say, “Hey, this is getting out of hand, and we’re going to regulate this,” I don’t know. What do you think of all this?

Jake: Yeah. Maybe Apple is doing this out of the goodness of their hearts and they’re trying to help people because they know that their product is addictive.

Chauncey: Yeah, right when you started talking about it I was like, “Would I even want to know that honestly?” I might just be depressed by the results. You spent 16 hours on your phone today.

So, I do have a factoid. I’m pulling it from my memory, because I heard it the other day that statistically from all this stuff, you know, Android you can download an app. It’s not in there yet, but it’s in the iPhone as part of the operating system. Android users spend an average of four hours a day on their phone. Apple users spend an average of five. I thought that was interesting. So it goes to show you that somebody who’s really sort of into their phone is probably going after an iPhone.

Jake: Yeah, that’s really something. I wouldn’t have guessed. One, I would have guessed it was that high, four and five hours, but a 20% spread between brands of phone?

Chauncey: Yeah, That is substantial, and it just goes to show you that a different type of person is purchasing an iPhone. So my wife, Terri, we’re looking at hers, you know? She’s real proud, because she’s under two hours a day, but of course that doesn’t include her tablet, which is where she plays Candy Crush.

Jake: Surely this app you can install it on several devices, right, so you know?

Chauncey: Well, it’s not an app. It’s part of the operating system. Okay. Do you mind if I send us down a Google rabbit hole?

Is Google now more powerful than most governments?

So one of the guys brought up that he thought if you take a look at our democracy, our nation, what we’ve created, it has always been dependent on the people controlling the government whether you’re left or right, no matter how big or small you think the government ought to be, and it’s very bare bones the people control the government.

And this guy brought up the fact that he believes Google is now more powerful than most governments in the world potentially gaining enough power to really be able to sway politics. I’m kind of wondering … The reason he said that is he said they actually have 20,000 high ranking algorithm developers. That’s not including all the people in the call centers. It’s not including all the other projects they have going.

Just the people who specifically manage the search engine itself, 20,000 people, so I’m wondering. Do you think they need to be controlled? Do you feel like they should be reeled in? What are your thoughts?

Jake: Well, they do have a direct competitor in Facebook. A lot of people think that they don’t, but they do have a direct competitor in Facebook. Google ultimately is in the business of data, and so is Facebook, collecting data and displaying data, so they do have a direct competitor. Should they be controlled? They are not a government in the sense that we could all walk away from them at any moment. We could. We can walk away from them and say, “We’re going to use Bing. We’re going to use other search engines. We’re done with Google. They obviously were trying to manipulate us and we’re done.” So, I don’t know, you know?

Chauncey: It is a tough one. You know, I generally think that eventually, we’re going to see the breakup, you know? We’re going to see, like, the phone companies and the electric companies.

Jake: And you think the government is going to force that or do you think they’re going to voluntarily-

Chauncey: I don’t know, but you have to think about the age of these things. It’s really only been like 10 years.

Jake: You know, all those institutions, like remember Myspace? It was huge. It’s over now.

Chauncey: Right, you know? It’s a whole different platform. It’s all music now. A lot can change in a short amount of time, so I don’t know. We shall see what happens with Google and Facebook, things could change for them drastically in a positive and a negative, very quick.

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