Much digital ink has been spilled about Google’s new initiative to integrate its various platforms to profile users and ‘provide them with a better experience.’ Basically, what they’re doing is compiling the profile information it once kept on separate platforms, so that it can get a better idea of who you are. Here is one good article that looks at the implications .
I will leave the privacy issues in more capable hands for the moment. What I want to talk about is a more concrete difference that has emerged recently. Basically, Google, as a tool, seems to be getting dumber, at least at the tasks I use it for.
As a translator, Google has been a godsend. My art translation work requires me to track down a lot of obscure quotes, not only from art history tombs, but from every facet … Read More »