Deep Peep Makes Google Look Like a Children's Book
When Google cataloged its one-trillionth web page last year, it seemed like an event of epistemological proportions. Trillions aren't just bandied about—unless we are talking about the federal deficit or China's foreign currency reserves.
Though such a figure is mind-boggling and signifies an unthinkable amount of content accessible to anyone with an internet connection, it is really only a fraction of the information that could be mined. There are still databases of information waiting to be added to the public domain from corporations, governments and universities.
Enter Deep Peep, a National Science Foundation supported project based at the University of Utah that aims to probe the web deeper than any search engine has gone before. Similar to the Semantic Web, Deep Peep aims to develop complex computational models to mine currently inaccessible information.
Johnathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet and How To Stop It, is one of the bigger proponents of new navigation tools for the web. Listen to his interview with Stanford University Radio here and his also his comments when he sat down with Big Think.
Chances are if you frequent Big Think you spend a significant amount of time on the web. Let us know how you have been faring with your Google searches. Is there enough content out there in Web 2.0 or is it time for a new iteration?
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Cosmologists propose a groundbreaking model of the universe using string theory.
- A new paper uses string theory to propose a new model of the universe.
- The researchers think our universe may be riding a bubble expanded by dark energy.
- All matter in the universe may exist in strings that reach into another dimension.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and things that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way.".
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