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[edited by: tedster at 12:24 am (utc) on Sep 25, 2012]
The biggest error I've seen is assuming we can read the hidden intentions of any other individual, and especially those of a corporation. This is dangerous territory. It's where we have a strong tendency to project our own hidden character onto another, rather than seeing ther situation clearly.
For most of us, the average search engineer at Google IS smarter than we are. Fact - it's a job I can't do. I don't think I could even get through the first interview.
It really strikes me as funny how many people speak about Google using similar language.
to appear omnipotent, omniscient, mysterious, to be spoken of in hallowed tones, to require appeasement
Honestly, this reads like a repentance to the Gods to try and avoid their wrath.
Then the science work gets translated into a pubic search engine service through a large company - because that job TAKES big resources these days. Cuill learned that lesson!
For most of us, the average search engineer at Google IS smarter than we are.
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.
its posts like this make me wonder whether there are people on here who get paid by google to say nice stuff
The willingness to wallow in that kind of emotional swamp is killing off good webmasters and good online businesses.
[edited by: londrum at 1:01 pm (utc) on Aug 11, 2012]
google almost have an impossible job. it's like trying to list the 100 best songs of all-time. there is no right answer. and there never will be.
Corporations in any field are a human challenge whenever they hit a certain scale. New effects appear that can look like "evil".