Google Psyche: Autocomplete for 'The Internet Isn't ...'

By Megan Garber

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Yesterday, we looked at what the Internet is (a playground, boring, made of cats). So it's only fitting that today -- with a hat-tip to our friend Alex Howard -- we consider what the Internet isn't.

And: existential angst, every which way! Truly, there is no better reminder of the frailty of the world than when the Internet stops working on my Blackberry Curve.


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.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/google-psyche-autocomplete-for-the-internet-isnt/251718/