Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Where Would We Be Without Search Engines?

In his keynote presentation (which you can watch here) at the Killer App Expo in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ray Kurzweil was making the point that technological evolution is accelerating. As one example, he pointed out how search engines have become an almost crucial part of our everyday lives when they didn't even exist just a few years ago.

Just think about the accessibility of almost any type of information via search engines and the Internet. When I was growing up, full of questions, I had nowhere to go for answers. My parents had to spend umpteen dollars on a huge, multi-volume set of encyclopedias. And that didn't have up-to-date information. It was just like having to walk 5 miles in the snow to get to school. Today, an idle notion pops into my head, and I can find out all about it in a few seconds. That's the power of technology at work.

Here are a few of the best:
OK, so what are people using this massive searching power to find? It's a bit depressing, really. We may console ourselves with the hope that there are many, many people performing less banal searches. But here are today's top searches:
  1. paige johnson
  2. tanzania national park
  3. what part of a graduate’s costume gave the cordon ...
  4. how does a kangaroo keep cool
  5. danny of radio days
  6. harry belafonte s daughter
  7. star in orion
  8. writer leonard
  9. japanese coin
  10. what sports league was born in 1949 when the baa a...
You can find out what the search trends are and even compare the volume of searches over time at Google Trends. Have fun!

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