Google and the Culture of Search – 9/27

The beginning of this post was already so interesting with Hillis asking what would you do before Google? It’s a very interesting thought and question because it takes me back to the days that I would just sit at the library and read books to learn things or get answers. Nowadays, I can quickly whip out my phone or computer and find exactly what I’m looking for at the convenience of my fingers. The Oxford English Dictionary authorizes this understanding by listing “to google” as a transitive verb meaning “to search for information about (a person or thing).” I read that and didn’t think much of it. While re-reading the article, I noticed how huge that is. It’s a big deal that this is actually a verb and commonly used in the english language. Over time, I’ve noticed that technology has been more and more defined as words in the dictionary, along with slang.

While Google is a huge way to search, learn, and dive into topics, it’s also important to note how it’s a gateway to other websites.
“most of us have become in some way searchers — whether by researching family heritage on ancestry.com, seeking a date on sites like eHarmony and chemistry.com, looking for a job on monster.com or LinkedIn, seeking religious or spiritual guidance and inspiration through sites such as beliefnet.com, or electing to follow breaking news through hashtags on Twitter.” This quote is very true and suggests that there is so much more than Google and how Google is just a way to simplify what else is out there.

What I found most interesting is that technology can now be smarter than humans ourselves. If we think back to a decade ago, I don’t think that we would be able to say that with confidence. Now, it’s just normal. I realize that a lot of people might find discomfort with that, but it doesn’t bother me at all because it just provides us a way to be the best individual that we are with the most resources possible.

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