Search Engines for the Physical World: The Future of Search Technology in an Increasingly Transparent World

Futurist Thomas Frey: Consider the following scenario.

In 2035 a heinous criminal escapes in the city of Dallas, Texas and the local police department acquires a court order to conduct a thorough search of the metro area. Within 15 minutes a fleet of twelve surveillance drones is deployed to begin an ultra high-res flyover.

 

 

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Apple, Google, Amazon, And Facebook have declared World War 3

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Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook are at each others throats.  So this has become an epic story of warring factions in a strange and changing landscape, a tale of incursions and sieges, of plots and betrayals, of battlefield brilliance and of cunning with coin.

 

 

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92% of online adults use email and search engines

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The most popular online activities are search and email remain and are nearly universal among adult internet users, as 92% of online adults use search engines to find information on the Web, and a similar number (92%) use email. Since the Pew Internet Project began measuring adults’ online activities in the last decade, these two behaviors have consistently ranked as the most popular, even as new platforms, broadband and mobile devices continue to reshape the way Americans use the internet and web. Even as early as 2002, more than eight in ten online adults were using search engines, and more than nine in ten online adults were emailing.

 

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Are Search Engines changing the way our memory works?

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Has the Search Engine altered our way of thinking and remembering?

If you can Google it, why bother remembering? Being able to access facts with just a few keystroke definitely improved our lives, but it has actually changed the way our memories work.

A study of 46 college students found lower rates of recall on newly-learned facts when students thought those facts were saved on a computer for later recovery.

If you think a fact is conveniently available online, then, you may be less apt to learn it…

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Google Accounts For 71% Of All U.S. Searches

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Google accounted for 71.08% of all US searches conducted in the four weeks ending Oct. 3, 2009, according to research just released by Experian Hitwise. Yahoo Search, Bing, and Ask.com received 16.38%, 8.96%, and 2.56%, respectively. The remaining 52 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for 1.04% of US searches:

 

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