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Web Dragons by Teresa Numerico, Marco Gori, Ian H. Witten

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CHAPTER 3 MEET THE WEB 

Today the World Wide Web pervades the remotest corners of our planet. Like water and energy, it has become an invaluable public resource. Used for countless purposes, in countless contexts, through countless devices, it’s the land of copies and the universe of knowledge. But like Borges’ library with which we opened this book, the web is a deceiver. It beguiles us into aspiring to understand things by typing in our questions, trusting that someone, somewhere in this galactic universe (which others call the Web) has already provided the answer. But everything links together in an infinite loop. The knowledge we glean from the web may be deep, but it may be illusory. It’s a paradox of the infinite.

In this chapter, we examine ...

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