Skip to comments.The Strange Politics of Google Autocomplete
Posted on 12/07/2013 12:20:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
In the late 1930s, as humans managed to launch yet another war that would fail to end all wars, H.G. Wells wrote a series of essays laying out a plan for a better world. Wells, a novelist, reformer and sometime historian, believed that technology could connect people in ways that had never before been possible, joining them in a network and uniting their wisdom into a kind of synaptic and singular mind. The structure Wells imagined would be, he declared, a sort of mental clearinghouse for the mind, a depot where knowledge and ideas are received, sorted, summarized, digested, clarified, and compared."
Wellss World Brain would, sadly, remain unrealized in his lifetime. But the World Wide Web, built decades later on the foundations of the military-industrial Internet, was created for the express purpose of sharing ideas and connecting people around themfor building, essentially, a global mind of the sort envisioned by Wells. The web has since been organized (and, in some sense, humanized) by search engines operating under the assumption that information is, fundamentally, a means of connection.
Today, thanks to Google, the most dominant of those engines, we have a tool that taps into humanitys hive mind better than anything Wells could have imagined. We have snapshots of the information people seek when theres no barrier between them and their curiosity save for an open field and a flashing cursor. We have Autocomplete.
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There is more to this.
If most of your web browsing and searches involve “Pop Culture” and you search for “Arab Spring” your results will be completely different from someone that follows the news out of the Middle East.
There is actually a term for this.
The internet today offers as much information as it does disinformation. If ideas can be “sorted, summarized, digested, clarified”, they can also be manipulated.
It’s Google searchers who took shots at Ted, assuming the author is reporting the Autocomplete accurately.
Yup, checked it. Accurate.
While true, that’s not it.
There is actually an industry term for this.
Trying to find it now.
If ideas can be digested, they can be vomited.
It all depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.
The Google search results page actually has a pair of buttons over on the right to turn it on or off (a head and shoulders icon and a globe icon).
There is also a TED talk on this.
Hit me with your non ping list, sir.
Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”
What I learned from Google:
Obama smells like sulfur
Chris Matthews is an idiot/douche/racist/moron
Harry Reid is an idiot crook
Nancy Pelosi is hot
PS people seem most concerned with knowing whether Willie Nelson is still alive or not.
Try it with empty suit.
Shot on target, firing for effect.
There has to be an amazing story behind #3.
Willie Nelson is alive and presumed baked.
“Nancy Pelosi is hot”
Empty chair works well too.
That’s Google’s first autocomplete suggestion.
Maybe 50 years ago.
She keeps ducking in and out of her home district — in Hades.
Th Lord of the Underworld is her voter
You need to watch the TED talk.
Post # 13
Eli Pariser: Beware online filter bubbles
The information about the bubble is interesting but I disagree with him as to his conclusion. “Journalistic ethics” did not “get us through the last century”. In fact, “journalistic Ethics” of the last 50 years acted against America’s interests in a radical and destructive way.
“Algorithmic gatekeepers” programmed to apply neo-”journalistic ethics” are much scarier than ones designed to cater to our personal interests — and more scary even than ones designed to steer us towards specific advertisers or services.
Who decides what is “important”, “challenging” or even “different”? I trust Zuckerberg’s judgment on those things even LESS than I trust his judgment as to what my usage indicates would be of interest to me.
But as he said, he is a Liberal.
This issue is certainly not about you or me.
It is about the folks that won’t watch an hour long presentation or read something more than a quarter page.
They are, the Google’s and Yahoo’s of the world are pushing people into a box out of convenience.
I’m not sure about your experience over the years using MS Windows, for example.
The operating system and user interface has progressively attempted to “HELP ME”.
It/they “assume” what I want to do, and try to make that easier for me.
I hate it.
It drives me mad.
Hillary Clinton is a...
Barrack Obama is a...
Harry Reid is a...
Mitch McConnell is a...
Lot of reptiles in this administration, I’m noticing.
“Nancy Pelosi is hot”
In which alternate universe?
Yes, mostly of the variety that has no limbs and slithers on its belly.
Mitch McConnell is a turtle... that’s funny right there.
Almost a LOL...
That’s not what SHE said!