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A Lesson in Machine Ethics: More bunk from Google’s PR Department on the YouTube MP3 Ripper

June 20, 2012

Here’s the Google duck of the day:  According to PC World:

The free ride may ending for people who rip YouTube music videos to MP3s through youtube-mp3.org and similar sites.

YouTube’s lawyers have sent cease-and-desist letters to the sites, threatening “legal consequences” to those that don’t comply, TorrentFreak reports. Youtube-mp3.org also claims that its servers have been blocked by YouTube, preventing any more conversions. (At the time of this writing, however, the site’s MP3 extraction tool worked for me.)

Always be wary of anything from the tech press that begins “the free ride may be ending” because that is never true.   Did Google block the search terms from search results?  No, you can still find the sites serving the software and promoting it through Google search and the autocomplete search terms.

And on YouTube itself what happens with the same search?  Helpful autocomplete terms:

Which leads you to pages of YouTube to mp3 instructional videos:

There is a growing area of study called “machine ethics”.  So far, the topic has been mostly covered in the area of military robotics.  Here’s how one set of questions always gets answered:  If the human programs the machine to do something, it is the human who is responsible for what the machine does.

At least the robots don’t lie.

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