Is Google the Next Stage of Evolution of Life on Earth? by Michael Cook
Approx. 930 words.
Published on November 9, 2009 by
In this brief and incisive essay, a financial asset manager presents his thesis for “the thumbnail sketch of the evolution of life on earth: DNA, language, writing, printing, computers, the Internet, Google’s search algorithm.” Cook assigns to Google’s Page Rank algorithm “the genius of the solution”-- the way it “neatly sidesteps” a very difficult semantic problem.