Sunday, December 3, 2017

Why Are You Asking Google Questions?

Can't you think for yourself ? Do your own research? Are you lazy?
Shouldn't you think about what is right for yourself
 Mass dumbing down? You got it!
Big article so just a bit of it is below

WSJ

An Answer for Everything
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., handles almost all internet searches. Featured snippets appear on about 40% of results for searches formed as questions, according to a July study completed for The Wall Street Journal by search-data firm SEMrush.
Google is increasingly elevating a single search result for many questions and giving it the appearance of a definitive answer. Sometimes the information is controversial, misleading or just bizarre.
Because Google’s algorithm seeks answers that closely match users’ questions, its responses often reflect how a question is framed. That can lead to different answers to similar questions, and contribute to confirming biases.

A recent search for “Is milk good for you?” yielded an answer from a health site saying, “Milk can be good for the bones because it provides vitamin D and calcium.”
A separate search for “Is milk bad for you” featured an answer saying, “Calcium from animal milk is not absorbed as well as that from plant-based sources, and it can be accompanied by a number of dangerous health problems.” That came from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group that advocates against any consumption of animal products.


Is milk good or bad? Seem the "everyone trusts Google" can't answer that one.
Maybe Google's intention is mass cognitive dissonance?
 
Jackson Miller, owner of a Nashville, Tenn., resale shop, said Google provided the incorrect dates of Tennessee’s tax-free weekend this summer, one of the busiest weekends for retailers.
Mr. Miller said he suspects some customers were fooled, because everyone trusts Google. “You treat it as a primary source,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Google says it, so it must be true.’ ”
 Sad that anyone trusts Google 
“People generally trust Google, but now these answers aren’t coming from a trusted source.”

A trusted source? Or Google's "trusted source"? 

I’ve Got the Google Algorithm Blues- Project Owl

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