Google Psyche: Autocomplete for 'Blackouts Are ...'

By Megan Garber

The first installment in a series that uses Google's machine-learning to probe our collective consciousness.

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On this, the Internet's Day of Darkness, it's entirely appropriate to wonder: What leads to blackout protests like the one Wikipedia and a slew of other sites are enacting? Are those blackouts indeed, inevitable? Do they lack viability as instruments of political change, or are they, in fact, valuable? Are they, in fact, good?

On this, the Internet's Day of Darkness, it's also appropriate to wonder: Are these results maybe just referring to what Wikipedia thinks they are?

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