Google Psyche: 'Is It Really ...'

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Great moments in Autocomplete, courtesy of Google search and collective consciousness 

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Skepticism: a rare emotion on the web. While a lot of the above reflect searches for skeptical song lyrics, moments of genuinely dubious curiosity seem to have broken through. Is it, indeed, really always five o' clock somewhere? And is that baby, o hive mind, really Justin Bieber's?

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Google Psyche is an exploration of the stories that the world's Internet searches tell. The company's autocomplete algorithm predicts the word a random web searcher is most likely to type next, providing a statistical probe for our collective consciousness.

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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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