Resident Evil: Who is the Umbrella Corporation of This Day and Age?

August 13, 2013

I am a sucker for science fiction (I think you heard that from me already). This time, I spent my time slouching in front of the TV watching Resident Evil: Retribution.

For those not in the know, Resident Evil is a movie series based off a computer game series. In it, a large (bad) corporation known as “Umbrella Corporation” is delving into bio terror. In this last film of theirs, there’s an AI machine taking over the corporation and running the show – practically killing humans.

Umbrella Corporation

I found myself near the end of the film (bored to death), thinking of how can a global corporation gain so much power and collect so much power. From there I thought of who are our current day candidates to becoming our very own Umbrella Corporation.

Here are a few of my candidates:

Apple

The obvious choice for me (being an Android guy) is definitely going to be Apple.

To me they have a feeling of a great design company that doesn’t really care about anything else: not its employees, contractors, partners or customers. With a specific and single goal of making more money, they seem rather close to being Umbrella – especially with their domination of the high end smartphone market.

Google

Well… Google is this giant thing in the cloud we use for everything. It starts with search, but those using Google Now usually attest to the level of accuracy it reaches. While Google is a do no evil company, it does seem that the reality is a bit more complicated.

With all the AI going on in Google, they might just be Umbrella corp.

IBM

Not an obvious choice, but neither Umbrella corporation…

IBM has two things that fit the bill here, other than the legendary blue attire, that is:

  1. Watson, which has images that look like the Umbrella corporation data centers
  2. Their latest research around silicon chips based on the human brain

Like it or not, IBM’s supercomputing is where things like the monstrosities of Resident Evil may find a home.

Microsoft

Once the dominant software company. I remember having references of them in Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End, where they are buried under layers of higher level operating system related code.

Today somehow this doesn’t seem a reasonable choice – not as the foundation of future applications and probably not as Umbrella. When the game series started though, they might have been the comparison that was made.

Facebook

This one is a bit less intuitive I guess. The only reason they are here? To Facebook, we humans are the product and not the customer. Similar to how Umbrella corporation works.

US Government

PRISM anyone?

Talk about an all-encompassing organization that does things in the shadow. We might end up with a government that becomes Umbrella Corporation instead of having a corporation acting like one.

Now that I pissed off any possible power out there, who would be your candidates?


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  1. I too like the Resident Evil series – I wonder if we are talking about big and powerful companies, we shouldn’t mention Amazon as they are on the way to selling us everything – soon they will deliver groceries for example.

    They have their own app store – even sell HTML5 apps now. Their own devices – their own video streaming service – their own cloud for personal and corporate use.

    Now Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post with its enormous influence in the DC area.

  2. A closer thing would be Monsanto since it actually deals with genetic modification, not these computer and software companies. Monsanto works in conjunction with government. Various other military and secret/black ops organizations work with govt. Private mercenaries work with govt. Bio-weapons labs work with govt.

    You have a potent combination here.

  3. Google Alphabet is The Dawn of Umbrella Corporation , a giant conglomerate which operates as a major international player in a number of markets; including artificial intelligence and life sciences, as well as top-secret operations utilizing genetic engineering for longevity and development of groundbreaking new technologies for mind control.

  4. the umbrella corporation is real btw with some buildings.

    and no i am not joking.

    and sure they have nothing to do with corporation but they use they same logo and style.

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