There are also evil women. I didn’t go looking for them either. This is what I type: “a-r-e w-o-m-e-n”. And Google offers me just two choices, the first of which is: “Are women evil?” I press return. Yes, they are. Every one of the 10 results “confirms” that they are, including the top one, from a site called sheddingoftheego.com, which is boxed out and highlighted: “Every woman has some degree of prostitute in her. Every woman has a little evil in her… Women don’t love men, they love what they can do for them. It is within reason to say women feel attraction but they cannot love men.”
I’ve long been fascinated by google auto completes but never though of deeper implications.
I use google all of the time and do pay attention to the auto completes as they often seem to help in refining a search. Sometimes this is just to avoid suggestions, sometime better. I’d not thought about the darker side.
I am used to the top google results having some sort of authority. Google a film get IMDB or Wikipedia. This gives pause.
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Running my auto complete script leads to a few possible questions…
- is google your friend?
- is google evil?
- is google racist?
- is google listening to me?
- is google making us stupid?