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Defasher wrote

Soon Israel will act as an arm of the Facebook State.

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ziq wrote (edited )

We'll know we've reached peak corporatism when Amazon buys Facebook. At that point there will only be one corporation to rule us all and all nation states will be replaced with one Amazon.

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Defasher wrote

I think Google is more likely to become our grand overlord than Amazon.

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ziq wrote

I doubt it. Google is just an online advertising company. Amazon is rapidly swallowing up all industry and forcing everyone to use their services to buy everything.

Once all the other shops are gone, we'll have no choice but to get our food, medicine, even our homes from Amazon.

The media companies are all consolidating right now, and once Disney is all that's left, Amazon can buy that and control all media. Then Bezos can take over the world.

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DissidentRage wrote (edited )

Then they will buy up the oil and other energy industries, then Tesla, including Musk's ideas for space. At that point they will become the Union Aerospace Corporation, opening a facility on Mars, where they will dabble with development of interdimensional travel and bring Hell into our solar system.

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ntm wrote

Google is just an online advertising company

I think it's potentially harmful to conflate a company's revenue source with the capital they've accumulated. Google, like many others, are a intelligence company: they have eyes everywhere, if you've used Google Earth or Maps recently, you've seen that they've used all their sources to create the most accurate picture of the planet. With Android and GPS datya, they know nearly every single WiFi router on the planet and know the password to most. With Google Home and Earth, they'll know your home inside and out. The most marketable option right now is to use their knowledge to take over the roads with fleets of self-driving vehicles.

Amazon in contrast is posed to vertically take-over the entirety of retail and delivery.

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ziq wrote (edited )

I don't underestimate them, I was just thinking of a Highlander-type scenario where one corporation swallows up all the others and becomes the global government. I think Amazon will be the victor just because they're set to own everything that billions of us will depend on to survive. Google isn't as important to survival.

Amazon buying Wholefoods was a major event in Earth history.

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Facebook wrote (edited )

You are a relatively prescient human - please link to your facebook profile here, or start one if you have for whatever reason been unable to do so before.