Sunday, November 18, 2012

Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickinson, Google

…in the midst of disruptive innovation, the rise of new ways to deliver education to more learners around the world, all knowing algorithms, whimsy and poetry survive. 

Behold Google Poetics, "born when Google auto-completes suggestions are viewed as poems." An example:


A philosophical analysis of the verse produced by our searching, by the creators of the site:
Despite the seemingly open nature of Western society, forbidden questions and thoughts still remain. When faced with these issues, people do not reach out to one another, instead they turn to Google in the privacy of their own homes. The all-knowing search engine accepts and embraces these questions and tangles them with popular song lyrics, book titles and names of celebrities: often with hilarious results.

Obviously Google is not Shakespeare, Whitman or Dickinson - it can not illuminate
the unknown. But it does reveal our inner workings, our fears and prejudices, secrets and shames, the hope and longing of a modern individual.

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