Google and the Knowledge of Man!
Okay, this has been noodling at me now for more’n a couple of years….the simple thought that Google does have ALL of mankind’s knowledge at it’s beck and call. Think about that for a second or a year…and if you’re like me, then maybe you’ll start nodding. And what do I mean by this thought? Like the image shown here, and the thought from this sign writer, is that Google does NOT have all the answers…and, I think I have to agree!
What do I mean, you ask, seeing as the sign writer obviously was talking about somekind of “religious” angle…i.e. that in his thoughts, Google does not know “all” about religion. And on that topic, I really can’t answer…I don’t think anyone knows “all” about religion….but surely with 290 million hits on ‘religion’ Google has a semblance of an idea.
But what about other things, like say leopard frogs, or zeitgeist foibles or Gordie Lightfoot or Canadian SEO? Tons of hits. Millions of hits….lotsa knowledge there, eh! How about finance, love, courage, anger, Martin Luther Day (yup, that’s today, eh!) or potash….again hundreds of millions of hits. And I suppose a real test of same, i.e. the thought that Google has acquired more knowledge than anyone or anything or anybody must eventually enter your conciousness. Got a question? Ask Google. Need information? Ask Google. Looking for opinions? Ask Google….if everything leads to Google, then they must have all the knowledge of mankind, right? But is that true?
But before you think about Google “having” all the knowledge of mankind….I think you need — as I did — to remeber that Google really has NO information at all….not even a bit of same. What Google has/is is just an idea, not the first ones to have same, nor the last either…
Google has an idex – ie a huge, gigantic list if you will, of places that anyone can go to learn more about all things it’s got on that list…but in fact Google itself has no data at all. It’s an empty shell that holds links “to” that information, but not the information itself. Google is NOT god….as the sign writer already knew!
Got that? I hope so…as it’s taken me more than a few years of getting “past” the thoughts that Google was/is/will be the final authoritative source when it comes to mankind’s knowledge. Simply put, they’re not.
What Google is then — is the list only of where you can go to find stuff…the list you search thru to find that stuff. They’re just the medium, and with apologies to Marshall McLuahan, in this case that “medium” is “not” the message at all, eh!Google