I was trying to intelligently respond to this issue, but in reading the comments on the Verge article, I found a rebuttal that is much more concise and well reasoned than anything I could come up with. So here is commenter asarathy’s response:
This attitude is so entitled and naive. Sure, the company should be careful in engaging in out right evil like say identifying which citizens to round up for the Purge, but to act as if there is no place for Google to help in defense of what is their home country is silly. Yes I get they are an international company but they are an American company and there are places where it makes sense to leverage it’s talents for it’s defense.
Reuben Wu’s use of drones as lighting
Next level thinking in what to do with a drone in photography.
Damn it. Just when I was resolved to hating Nilay Petal forever, he comes up with the best tech headline of the year: “What company will Stephen Elop steal for Microsoft next?” – The Verge.
By then I knew that with every burger I consumed, I was helping to suck America’s rivers dry, munching on a fecal casserole seasoned liberally with E. coli, passively condoning an orgy of torture that would make Hannibal Lecter blanch, and accelerating global warming as surely as if I’d plowed my Hummer into a solar installation.
Considering the speed of change, the money and smarts being thrown at the problem, and the desperate need, it seems likely that sometime in the next decade, Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods or another rival will perfect vegetarian beef, chicken, and pork that is tastier, healthier, and cheaper than the fast-food versions of the real thing. It will be a textbook case of disruptive technology: overnight, meat will become the coal of 2025—dirty, uncompetitive, outcast. Our grandchildren will look back on our practice of using caged animals to assemble proteins with the same incredulousness that we apply to our ancestors’ habit of slaughtering whales to light their homes.
– Rowan Jacobsen – This Top-Secret Food Will Change the Way You Eat | Outside Online.