Google, Sex, and Me

Over the weekend I stumbled across a bijou factette. This morning I was about to make this the subject of a Monday Morning Quiz : who was King for twenty minutes ? But then I thought, whats the point of that ? Its just a test of who can fire up Google the fastest. Some days it feels like we have outsourced all our personal knowledge to the internet. I don’t even use bookmarks any more. I just re-Google. A while back I was hunting for a figure that I was sure I had seen somewhere… when I spotted it on Google Images I realised it was from a paper I had written myself several years ago. Jeez. Google knows more about me than I do.

Somewhere back in my youth I dimly remember reading a story by Roger Zelazny in which he said “Man is the sexual organ of the machine”. Curiously, Google has failed me here. I can’t find this quote. If Roger Zelazny didn’t say it, and I just dreamed it, then I hereby take credit. Anyhoo. The idea is that man is one machine’s way of making another machine. Sometimes I feel this is my relation to Google. Within the space of a few hours, I am reading web pages A and B, and writing new web page C. Ideas and knowledge I have picked up from A and B get processed through me and change what I deposit in C. I am just one of many millions of bees flitting around the vast meadow of the Web, picking up pollen as I go.

15 Responses to Google, Sex, and Me

  1. Chris_C says:

    I clearly have Google-coloured fingers (is there a green equivalent?) – the fourth hit for me says it was Marshall McLuhan in 1967.

  2. andyxl says:

    Ahhh .. well spotted Chris. Now thats interesting; like many folk, I am of course quite capable of pontificating about Marshall McLuhan, I have never actually read anything by him. So I must have seen this somewhere else ! It even includes the bee thing.

    I found the quote embedded in some other interesting stuff on this web page, which links it to other stuff, including “The Extended Phenotype”, which I have read.

  3. telescoper says:

    I think the title of this post is going to attract another variety of spam altogether.

    • Your prescience has proved correct. Reminds me about the conference organizer whose web pages got many more hits after the conference. He tried explaining to his sysadmin: “All I did was put up a page about the proceedings”. Its title: Submission in LaTeX. 🙂

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