Caucasus: Google Makes Some Strange Assumptions
An interesting article on Google algorithms and stereotypes recently appeared in the online journal Slate. And motivated by that piece, a little bit of experimentation by your very own Tamada found that Google makes some curious assumptions about the various peoples of the Caucasus.
The Slate story, which appeared on August 13, focused on American views about their fellow citizens living in different parts of the country, based on Google’s auto-complete function, which tries to anticipate a search-engine user’s question. To conduct the experiment, an individual inserted the name of each of the 50 American states into the following phrase: “Why is [state name] so…” and did a Google search.
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