Saturday, October 17, 2009

Al Gore Advised Google on Search Results?

Well, didn't he claim to have invented the Internet? Actually, Al Gore said,
"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." claims "create" and "invent" have entirely different meanings. has this definition for "create."
to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.

Now that we have dealt with that issue, should Al Gore be advising Google on search results? No. Al Gore majored in Government in college. He is not a computer expert anymore than he is a climate expert after taking two natural science classes in college and receiving a "D" and a "C" as grades. So, what were Al Gore and Google up to at that meeting? The answer is unknown, but Al Gore's interest in promoting the global warming scam and Google's love of Democrats are both well known.

Such was reported by the New Yorker in its October 12 issue (subscription required).

By themselves, the following paragraphs from this 6500-word piece don't mean much.

However, given the ongoing concerns about Google's political leanings and how its search algorithms might be manipulated to favor liberal news outlets over conservative points of view, the very idea that Gore might have had any input to this process is worrisome to say the least...
Google's achievement of this goal depends in no small measure on the restless, we-are-never-satisfied energy of its founders and its engineers. Al Gore recounted a conversation he had with [co-founder Sergey] Brin and [co-founder Larry] Page several years ago in the conference room near their office. Gore raised specific concerns about aspects of search quality. "They had to go to another meeting," Gore recalled, "and said, 'If you can stay, Al, we'd like to bring in the search-quality researchers and specialists in charge of this part of the business.' Ten of them came in. Larry and Sergey left. I spent another three hours. And then, when it was over, I gave Larry and Sergey an oral report."

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