Fortune Brainstorm Podcast

Fortune Brainstorm Podcast: Is Google a force for good?

May 31, 2013: 11:06 AM ET

This week, we turn to a conversation between Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and venture capitalist Peter Thiel on the merits of Google's massive reach and of technology in general.

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Each Fortune conference -- from Brainstorm Green, Brainstorm Tech, to the Most Powerful Women Summit, and the Global Forum -- yields fascinating conversations with the best and brightest minds in business.

Fortune wants to make it even easier for you to eavesdrop. The Fortune Brainstorm podcast is a weekly show that features recorded conversations from Fortune's live events.

Google (GOOG) has been working through an antitrust probe with European regulators, so it seemed like a good time to check in on the recurring questions surrounding the tech giant's power. As Google gains access to more and more information worldwide, its executives insist that the company, and technology as a whole, is a force for good. This week, we revisit a conversation between Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The conversation took place at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference last year, and the two debate the merits of tech as a whole and Google specifically.

Fortune senior tech writer Miguel Helft sheds some light on Google's self-image and the extent of the company's might.


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