This morning at about 5:30 my dog woke me up with his loud snoring. As I picked him up to flip him over, the strangest thought popped into my head. I thought about the future’s Google which had diversified and was then in the business of ‘scanning brain dumps’ of pets. Granted I was bleary-eyed, but I think by that I envisioned some type of “Total Recall” scenario in which the contents of a brain could be downloaded and then indexed with the Google algorithm.
The problem with this, of course, is that brains don’t use hyperlinks to make connections so Google is going to have to get working on a new algorithm. Imagine if something similar to Google’s Page Rank popularity contest was applied to the human brain. Would that serve to conjure only happy thoughts we wanted to think and to push unpopular thoughts into greater obscurity?
I’m glad I get to use Google to search the web, but I think I’m also glad that I don’t have to search my library catalog with anything like it. Would ranking matched words for a keyword search by number of circulations be an effective means of searching a collection? It might make librarians and users more prone to settle for inferior results. It also might render otherwise useful good books worthless because it would be difficult for some titles to ever be seen. Maybe they would have high circs for good reasons and it would be effective.