If you thought India's Parliament sessions are hilarious and that nothing can come even remotely close to them, wait till you hear this. Recently, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was summoned by US lawmakers, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing, for a grilling session.
Of the gazillion questions thrown at him, there was one that gave the world a new face for the word 'idiot'. A congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, asked Sundar Pichai on why US President Donald Trump's image pops up when someone searches for 'idiot'.
She asked, "If you Google the word 'idiot' under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. How would that happen? How does search work so that that would occur?" She said that she just searched that and further asked if this was a case of intentional bias and manipulation. For all those who managed to control your laughter till the end of this question, proudly pat your backs.
Pichai, with a face as straight as a line, tried to explain them how the big tech companies work, how Google indexes webpages and how the algorithms function by taking into account various factors like relevance, popularity, keywords and more.December 11, 2018
"So, it's not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we're going to show the user. It's basically a compilation of what users are generating, and trying to sort through that information?" the congresswoman further asks. To which, Sundar Pichai further explains how they don't manually intervene in any particular search result.
We don't know if they were convinced with this answer, but this entire session only shows how little the lawmakers know about how internet and technology works.