The Human Condition Tracked via Google Autocomplete Is Sad, Beautiful, Sex-Obsessed

    May 3, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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There is something poignant, and unnervingly beautiful about this. It’s also incredibly depressing in a way. Google’s autocomplete feature uses algorithms to suggest queries based on their popularity with other users, so when Google is suggesting something to you, just know that a whole hell of a lot of people have search it before you.

And that’s what makes this so…just…yeah:

“Using billions of searches, Google has prototyped an anonymous profile of its users. This reflects the fears, inquiries, preoccupations, obsessions and fixations of the human being at a certain age and our evolution through life,” says creator Marius B. Well said.

And just FYI, he made this video in a incognito window with no user signed in, no cookies, and with a deleted history. This is pretty much the human condition, visualized via Google autocomplete. Life really is all about sex.

[Marius B via reddit]

  • Paul

    I think you’re missing a significant factor in your autocomplete assessment of humanity…

    People use google to answer taboo or embarrassing subjects, I wouldn’t google what clothes are in fashion, or if it’s hot outside, or whether I should ask that girl across the bar out. People specifically use google to answer the questions they wouldn’t ask their peers, it should be a reflection of the dark and miserable side of life.

    If it weren’t and people were turning to google instead of the people around them for casual subjects, that would be a sad indictment of our world.

  • Robyn Jane

    As my daddy used to say, “Some people would bitch if ya hanged ’em with a brand new rope.” Those auto-correct answers don’t get in there by accident: they are actual questions people have really asked. So don’t blame Google.

    Paul’s right: we use Google to answer questions we wouldn’t want our friends even knowing we were asking.

    The fact the you yourself have a headline saying Autocomplete Is Sad, Beautiful, Sex-Obsessed says more about you than it does Google.

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  • http://www.jaraguaclassificados.com Ricardo

    This says an awful lot about the human condition. More than many of us would like to admit.