Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 12:28 UTC
Google "Google's quest to guess what we want before we want it has produced an unusual side effect: a disparity in the results the company presents about the presidential candidates. A Wall Street Journal examination found that the search engine often customizes the results of people who have recently searched for 'Obama' - but not those who have recently searched for 'Romney'." A confirmation bias' wet dream, this. The confirmation bias is already one of the root psychological causes of much of the problems in the world as it is - we really shouldn't have technology companies make it worse. Technology - and more specifically, the internet - should fight this bias, not affirm it.
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Just thinking
by Jokel on Mon 5th Nov 2012 23:01 UTC
Jokel
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2006-06-01

Well - you know. I wonder if this is all so full of conspiracy as some people seem to suggest.

Take a step back and look at is unbiased.

I am sure over the last years there where far more search requests for Obama then there are fore Romney. And Google simply gives you search suggestions based on the most likely outcome. As there are much more subjects linked to Obama then there are on Romney, it is not that strange that the suggestions point into the direction of the highest data volume (because that is indeed the most likely outcome).

So - no conspiracy, but simply a service that is based on the most likely outcome that itself is linked to the biggest search volume (in this case Obama-related search volumes). Google wold not do a good job if you search for something, and you wont get results based on the most likely outcome.

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