londrum - 8:12 pm on Aug 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
For most of us, the average search engineer at Google IS smarter than we are.
smarter at what? everything?
okay, they are probably smarter at maths and SEO and stuff like that -- the things that they have actually been hired for. but i'm not going to put them on a pedestal and say they are all super smart and we have to bow down to their knowledge about everything else -- including cutting edge stuff on the edge of human cultural change. (did you really say that?) its a search engine for chrissakes. its the sites in the SERPS that are doing that, not the index that lists them.
By admitting that others are smarter than I am, I am challenged to continue to learn new things. So I study patents from Google, Bing and other Information Retrieval scientists. They are doing the hard work that's on the edge of human cultural change.
half of the patents that companies like google do are more to do with making money, and blocking other companies from profiting from their employees work. they try and patent stuff like browser buttons and dropdown boxes. or a small piece of code to show a video 2 seconds quicker. not exactly the kind of stuff that will further human civilization.
its posts like this make me wonder whether there are people on here who get paid by google to say nice stuff