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Search: How the Data Explosion Makes Us Smarter by Stefan Weitz

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CHAPTER 4

What Search Will Be

Search, in its enlightened form, has the potential to be the hinge that finally connects humanity with machines in a way that lets us transcend our biological limitations. We are at a point in technical history where we have the pieces necessary to augment human abilities in ways that will give superpowers to those of us with access to these systems. The capacity to know anything that can be known and do anything anywhere in the world, no matter where your physical body lies, is as close to a reality as it has ever been.

Of course, the old joke, popular in technical circles, applies: “It has been the year of [insert hot technology here] every year for the last ten years.” In other words, we technologists are terrible ...

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