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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Internet and Google

When it comes to the internet and particularly Google, many really do not know how it works or why it works like it does. I am one of that many because I have never taken the time to understand how it works and am honestly not that curious in how it works. However, many are and they use this technology to stockpile information and present it to the public in a way that they see is best for the public to view. On the bright side, this can be a good thing because the easiest things to view would usually be the most relevant and what we need to know. On the down side, the information we are given is not always true or relevant and we have to change our searches or specify more clearly. While reading Plato at the Googleplex, I took interest in that Plato said that if we do not know how our tool work then we are in danger of becoming a tool to our tools. with Google and the internet, I can see this happening. Google already uses us as a tool to improve itself and the internet uses us as a tool to gather information and spread it around the world instantly. We need to learn how these things work and how to use them so we do not become the tool and instead master our tools.

3 comments:

  1. I agree with you that we are in a risky place with our current technology. In this generation, we have phones that are often smarter than us and we don't even bother to understand the workings of them. It's certainly important to advance the innovative workings of technology when possible, but it's also important not to become dependent on it and lose our identity as purposeful humans only to become a set of technology serving tools.

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  2. While I believe it is important to have a gist of how hings work, I don't know that it is particularly relevant to know exactly how it works. I do see us possibly becoming a tool to our set of tools but I don't think my knowledge of how Google's algorithms to provide me with ads that match my searches perfectly will help me avoid that.

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