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Vision 2020 - Google plays with the power of suggestion

 

Google plays with the power of suggestion

THE AGE
November 20, 2009

Google already has large chunks of our lives logged away in its giant omniscient filing cabinet. But with the recent upgrading of its Google Suggest facility, it appears to be trying to requisition our pre-thoughts, too.

Start to type in a search query and Google will begin to guess what you are looking for. Sometimes its predictions are uncannily accurate; sometimes they take on a dark and often unwelcome journey into the collective human psyche.

Type in ''i like to'' and this, in order, is what Google Suggest comes up with: ''i like to tape my thumbs to my hands to see what it would be like to be a dinosaur'' (22,000 results); ''i like to think of jesus as a mischievous badger'' (25,300 results); ''i like to move it move it'' (112,000,000 results).

Type in ''is it wrong to …'' and here is what you get...

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