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Conspiracy Theories in the High Tech World

A selection of common conspiracy theories that abound in the tech world.

Conspiracy theories have always captivated the public. Nearly all societies have them and they never seem to truly go away. The technology world is no different. In this article, I’m going to lay down some conspiracy theories that may, or may not, be true. More research may be required to prove these right.

1. Google is a CIA front: this theory stems from the idea that Google is not only the biggest search engine in the world, but also poses as a surveillance tool for secret agencies. Google has dominated the search world from their website but also through YouTube which is the second largest search engine in the world. There’s a lot of commotion in Google currently from it’s own employees that stem from privacy and military contracts that Google has with the government.

Interesting to note, Google bought what is now Google Maps from In-Q Tel, a CIA firm that owned EarthViewer which later became Google Earth and Google Maps.

2. Apple slows down devices to help sell new ones: this one might not be that much off a surprise.

Apple’s defence of this is that they try to save the battery of devices that are older by slowing down the CPU. This is quite interesting, because it clearly shows that there are tech companies that slow down older devices, possibly to force the customer to purchase new ones. Reasonings can differ, but devices by Apple are slowed down when they become older.

3. Some tech companies such as Microsoft have been accused of implanting spy software in Windows. This conspiracy theory was touted by China that claimed their Chinese version of Windows was rigged with spying software. The validity of this is obviously up in the air, but this does make the list of tech conspiracies.

In conclusion, theories abound in the tech world. Whether they are true or not is yet to be determined, but they are fun.

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