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At the beginning of 2014 there was a study by Cameron Combs, a D.C.-based researcher, who had spent some time in La...
At the beginning of 2014 there was a study by Cameron Combs, a D.C.-based researcher, who had spent some time in Latin America. He was studying how language influences Google's autocomplete, and found out some key differences based on international stereotyping.
For example, if an English speaker asks “Why is the United States...?” Google finishes with “in debt,” but if a Spanish speaker asks the same question, Google finishes it with “rich.” Honduras gets the adjective “developing country” in Spanish, but “so violent” in English.
Today we have only one question: “What does Google tells us about America?” Well this is a question that millions of Google users have already typed down to look for an answer. And here it is.
It is impressive how ironic and negative Google can be. Or is it the truth that is ironic? If you try Google with, “Why does the government...”,you will get: “want to kill us,” “lie,” “need to collect taxes,” even “exist..” Google wants to know why the government exists. Thought-provoking.
People are losing confidence in the State, the government, and the politicians. If you try Google with “The dollar is...” this is how it will be finished:
The results about America's first man are surprisingly interesting. What Google autocomplete thinks about Obama is definitely not in coordination with the ambition, the dreams and the goals he was aiming for.
Google's autocomplete is only a reflection of what people are searching for. Unconsciously, we type in the failures of Obamacare, higher taxes, and police brutality. Do Americans love guns? Well this is the first thing that Google's autocomplete is coming up with is you ask “Why do Americans...?”.
Apparently more and more people are trying to google the American society. And here is how Google helps them to finish the question:
If we could go back in time and the Internet existed, what might have been Google's autocomplete to “Will France...”? Collapse is probably a word that comes to mind. Well, you are not far from the truth. France did collapse in the mid-1780s.
We are not suggesting that this is the future, or the best example of where things are going. But it gives us a lot to think about “What happened with the American dream?”.