(Guardian) Google and the future of search: Amit Singhal and the Knowledge Graph

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Thinking about Google over the last week, I have fallen into the typically procrastinatory habit of every so often typing the words "what is" or "what" or "wha" into the Google search box at the top right of my computer screen. Those prompts are all the omnipotent engine needs to inform me of the current instant top 10 of the virtual world's most urgent desires. At the time of typing, this list reads, in descending order:

What is the fiscal cliff
What is my ip
What is obamacare
What is love
What is gluten
What is instagram
What does yolo mean
What is the illuminati
What is a good credit score
What is lupus

It is a list that indicates anxieties, not least the ways in which we are restlessly fixated with our money, our bodies and our technology – and paranoid and confused in just about equal measure. A Prince Charles-like desire for the definition of love, in my repetitive experience of the last few days, always seems to come in at No 4 on this list of priorities, though the preoccupations above it and below it tend to shift slightly with the news.

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the InternetGlobalizationPsychologyScience & Technology* Economics, PoliticsEconomyCorporations/Corporate Life

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Posted February 1, 2013 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. BlueOntario wrote:

An interesting article. I would take the author to task for seeing a “fixation” when one seeks an answer to a question or details on an issue. Also, I think he could flesh out more differences between information and knowledge.

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