Joe Biden interview in The New York Times
, the former US vice president and
current presidential hopeful discusses technology, saying he's in favor of
revoking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says that online
platforms aren't liable for things their users post on them. He also talks about
his dealings with silicon valley during his time at the White House. In one of
his signature freewheeling rambles he calls the executives he spoke with
"creeps," "righteous," and "arrogant," referring to their output as "games to
teach you how to kill people." Here's the perspective on current technology from
someone who still refers to phone calls as coming through a switchboard:
And you may recall, the criticism I got for meeting with the leaders in
Silicon Valley, when I was trying to work out an agreement dealing with them
protecting intellectual property for artists in the United States of America.
And at one point, one of the little creeps sitting around that table, who was a
multi- — close to a billionaire — who told me he was an artist because he was
able to come up with games to teach you how to kill people, you know the ——
CW: Like video games.
Yeah, video games. And I was lectured by one of the senior leaders there that by
saying if I insisted on what Leahy’d put together and we were, I thought we were
going to fully support, that they would blow up the network, figuratively
speaking. Have everybody contact. They get out and go out and contact the
switchboard, just blow it up.
And then one of these righteous people said to me that, you know, “We are the
economic engine of America. We are the ones.” And fortunately I had done a
little homework before I went and I said, you know, I find it fascinating. As I
added up the seven outfits, everyone’s there but Microsoft. I said, you have
fewer people on your payroll than all the losses that General Motors just faced
in the last quarter, of employees. So don’t lecture me about how you’ve created
all this employment.
The point is, there’s an arrogance about it, an overwhelming arrogance that we
are, we are the ones. We can do what we want to do. I disagree.