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Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines | Salon | October 2014

As search engines get better, we become lazier. We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions.

“Google is known as a search engine, yet there is barely any searching
involved anymore. The gap between a question crystallizing in your mind
and an answer appearing at the top of your screen is shrinking all the
time. As a consequence, our ability to ask questions is atrophying.
Google’s head of search, Amit Singhal, asked if people are getting
better at articulating their search queries, sighed and said: ‘The more
accurate the machine gets, the lazier the questions become.’ …

"The Internet can make us feel omniscient. But it’s the feeling of not knowing which inspires the desire to learn.”