Is Google conscious?

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  Is Google conscious? Two social media strategists tackled this question at a 2011 TED talk (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxCARDIFF-Google-Consciousnes). Using the work of philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, they made a surprisingly compelling case that the world’s biggest search engine is conscious, or will be someday, at least in a manner of speaking.   The humans are still in charge at Google, as far as we can tell. But they’re modifying the search algorithms in ways that make Google less gullible, and that’s presenting new challenges to...

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