Search engines are not neutral things. Their algorithms have the power to shape how we understand everything from breakfast cereals to geopolitics, and their sway is being thrown into relief at a time when we increasingly rely on the internet for a quick grasp of complex topics. In a climate of misinformation and false news, search engines are a lens to what we see of the world. AI looks to augment this relationship further, with search engines becoming more intelligent in how they respond to ripples in the internet; shifting their weight to kick up the most authoritative sources. At least, that’s the hope. The worry is that the less and less humans have to do with tweaking search algorithms, the more scope there is for machine learning to gloss over epistemological nuance.While much
For 30 years, Hernando Colón, the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus, travelled the world with a quest, albeit one very different to that of his coloniser father: to build the biggest library the world had ever seen. Between 1509 and his death in 1539, Colón travelled all over Europe – in 1530 alone he visited Rome, Bologna, Modena, Parma, Turin, Milan, Venice, Padua, Innsbruck, Augsburg, Constance, Basle, Fribourg, Cologne, Maastricht, Antwerp, Paris, Poitiers and Burgos – buying books everywhere he went and eventually amassing the greatest private library in Europe. Colón’s aim, to create a universal library containing “all books, in all languages and on all subjects, that can be found both within Christendom and without”, has been charted for the first time in English in a for
Overview Chances are, if you're reading this article, you've used an Alphabet (GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) product today. Maybe you're reading it on an Android phone or tablet, maybe you received a notification through your Gmail account, or maybe it came up through a Google search. Before reading this, you may have watched a YouTube video, checked the weather with a quick search, or got directions through Google Maps. Planning a trip? Google flights may have given you the chance to compare prices across multiple airlines in a split-second. The list goes on. Alphabet's portfolio of products is absolutely pervasive, which combined with strong management gives the company the ability to print money, as many other businesses cannot survive without the use of Google's suite of internet services. O...
(Getty Images) Fake news about Jennifer Aniston having a baby with Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie being unhappy about it, is duping search engines. Even though these lies have already been debunked, false articles on the subject are still in the top of search results. Gossip Cop can explain what’s going on. On Wednesday, In Touch published a cover story wrongly alleging Aniston and Pitt are planning to have a baby together. According to the article, the former spouses had gotten back together and now wanted to have a child. The report was filled with lies and zero evidence. In fact, there was substantial proof that the narrative was untrue. For example, People had already reported that Aniston and Pitt haven’t seen each other in “ages” and are not in “regular contact.” Significant
Wise Bread Picks While families wishing to see the world once relied on travel agents for their glossy brochures and recommendations, the internet has ushered in a new wave of travel planning independence. These days, more and more people are using the web to research destinations, plan itineraries, and book their own hotels. The freedom to research independently is a good thing, but there's also a problem: The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) reports that 55 million hotel booking scams are per...
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Decentralized platform Online.io will restructure how the internet will be used by people. Offering users protection from intrusive ads, malicious codes/apps and privacy violations. May 8th, 2018: Today, the model of most websites is to offer free services to its users. The word “free” is arbitrary, since these platforms earn profits from running ads and collecting user’s datum to be sold off to data researchers and other organizations. Other more malicious parties on the internet write compromising codes and applications, which users download and their systems are infected, essentially being used or controlled for nefarious purposes. Anyone who has used the internet has experienced intrusive ads. These can range from small pop ups on the side of the screen to huge ones in
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