Google Psyche: 'What's the Deal ...'

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

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The world: magical medley of curiosity and wonderment ... or Seinfeld rerun? For the most part, probably, it's both. 

And while many of the world's "what's up with X?"-style questions concern analog affairs -- charm bracelets, airborne snack boxes, Tim Tebow's knee -- the majority of the biggest questions it brings to Google, once again, concern Internet phenomena: Web technologies, services, and memes. Airplanes and their "food" may be an enduring human mystery, but just as questionable, it seems, is the meme-fueled popularity of My Little Pony

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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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