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14 July 2005 @ 11:59 am
google... the new CIC? (i.e. from Snow Crash)  
What a lot of wheatgrass

its like the way the CIC was in the book Snow Crash
 
 
 
Mynja: 100%Masochistarmandae on September 1st, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Just something I came across while discussing the google-information-network topology and wondering how google has reshaped things from the network-topology bits -

http://www.metaweb.com/wiki/wiki.phtml?title=Central_Intelligence_Corporation


Just the other day, this writer's boss's car was towed from an empty lot, the tower causing much damage to the vehicle. Within hours, we had googled a satellite photograph of the location of the incident, tracked down the owners of the lot, all of the people who have ever used that lot as a mailing address, among a number of other things, and investigated the towing company, its owners, agents, and its and their past criminal and business histories. All of that information was made available by people with information to sell.


Makes me wonder at what point googling as an term of using a search capability will become divorced from the company itself and when people won't even realize it is a private entity. Just amused me at the use of the term even within the CIC article.

Amusingly, "respected" linguistics research uses google as a tool and a unit of measure being ghits.
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/%7Emyl/languagelog/archives/000043.html
http://semanticcompositions.typepad.com/index/linguistics_general_and_professional/

and for non-tongue in cheek sites
http://www-linguistics.stanford.edu/colloq/2005/2005jan28.html

Just amusing.