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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A "More Human" Google


BBC recently posted this article on how intelligent Google is becoming and some recent updates that make it "more human." Artificial intelligence was a topic we discussed in class at length during the semester and Google was actually one example that we focused on for a bit. You all might find this interesting.

1 comment:

  1. This is really interesting. Tina talks a lot about how you have to ask Google the right question. It seems like they are trying to eliminate that necessity. I wonder what that means though. With all of these small changes, we give up a little bit more control of the research we are doing, even of the questions we are asking. And now, to be a total dork, I was watching an episode of Doctor Who the other day in which the characters find themselves in an alternate universe in which London is exactly the same, but instead of cell phones everyone has earbuds and they receive an automatic download every day of news and what not. Eventually, of course, this goes horribly wrong. But it got me thinking about how we think about information, our need for it, and our access to it. And Google is part of that access to information. Stepping away from all this constant access to information can be liberating. Perhaps like with all things, a balance is necessary, a way to step away and take back some of the control in what information we access and how. Is Google making that stepping away more difficult with these small advancements?

    And, of course, here is the link to the Doctor Who episode over at IMDB: