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Noam Chomsky 2017 | Talks at Google


For the past forty years Noam Chomsky’s writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.

In this talk from Google Cambridge in May of 2017 Professor Chomsky discusses wide ranging topics from the development of his personal political views to the control of information and media with Googler Hasan Khalil.


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  1. the interviewer probably failed to realize the giant of a man he had the good fortune to sit with! A wasted opportunity for him and he kind of ruined the whole thing too! anyways always awesome to listen to Dr Chomsky!

  2. What a conceited, in-his-own bubble, typical american (though he is a muslim immigrant) ! Went through all the videos apparently, but has no clue about the guest. That last reply by Noam was classic though – almost thug life – "what wud u like to say to us – salt-of-the-earth googlers?, and Noam goes " Why don't u do some of the serious stuff!!"…Buuurrrrn Ha!

  3. FFS! The introduction was read from a phone! A fucking phone! Mate if you didn't know who Chomsky was mate just say so, instead of blagging your way through into this video. Jes it's like a millenial introducing Pink Floyd, you ain't got a clue!

  4. Some good points in other comments about the interviewer. You'd think Google would do more to try to keep the 'wizard' software engineers hidden behind the curtain if their capacity for engaging thought and insight is so poor. This guy sounds well-intentioned but what's he thinking about? He comes across like any run-of-the-mill hack interviewer on NPR or CNN or NBC. It isn't an issue of native intellectual capacity but of a frame of mind (something Chomsky alludes to when he suggests that you'll find more insight among teenagers or little-educated workers who have not been taught color inside the lines. "Tell me more about. . . " That's a stock line for interviewers who can't be bothered to do any work researching the subject.

  5. Last question in last minute by interviewer, so arogrant…show some respect for a very wise elder.
    Enjoyed last 15 minutes when Master Chomsky was talking about the AI and tech as it is just another step and not as big as for example, the spread of Libraries. And also that real wages have not risen in 30 years and we can now murder millions of people with our civilized-human technologies! (Us humans are so smart.)

    On Noam's lament on advertising, "words tell, emotions sell"…and hense why advertisers favour emotions over simply stating negative and positive features of a product. Human psychology (and selling) will not be changing anytime soon.
    Social proof (customer reviews) as found on Amazon, trip-adviser or similar sites or endorsed by a friend on Facebook brings more honesty and trust into the impersonal medium of the Internet (obviously the reviews must be monitored and real).

  6. Is it that Chomsky is talking over the interviewers head or is it that the interviewer knows that actually engaging in these concepts and problems would require some acknowledgement of the immorality of and harm done by the business structure Google, his employer, exploits? Probably somewhere in between

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