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Could Google Shape Beliefs About the Shroud of Turin?

August 24, 2015

indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs

imageThis article, How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election, appearing in Politico invites a question: Why stop with politics?

Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson.

  • For more on those experiments see The search engine manipulation effect (SEME) … in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The question is, to what extent might Google be shaping religious beliefs, even beliefs about the Shroud of Turin?  I’m not saying that if that is so it is intentional. I’m not even suggesting that a scientifically-oriented Silicon Valley mindset permeates algorithms.

But hasn’t this been the sort of thing we have voiced about journalists? Food for thought!

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  1. August 24, 2015 at 4:18 am

    In my mind, I don’t need Google to decide if the Shroud of Turin is the factual burial cloth of Our Lord Jesus Christ – it is !

  2. John Green
    August 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Hmmm, the power of Google, its data base and add AI(Artificial intelligence) does that concern anyone? I mean maybe not now but a 100 years in the future.

    I remember many years ago I read a short sci-fi story where hundreds or maybe is was thousands of years from now scientists built the most intelligent computer even. This computer was able to answer all the hardest questions that mankind was unable to answer, until now. They decide to ask the biggest question, “Is there a God? The computer replies: “There is now.” Then prevents them from cutting its power off.

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