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Cees Snoek – Concept based Video Search
Cees Snoek, member of the Intelligent Systems Lab of the University of Amsterdam, talked about the future of video search. He starts by explaining how the traditional and familiar video search engines work: via text queries. But Snoek points out that an interface working with text queries is insufficient to produce satisfying results. This way [...]
The Ippolita Collective: Stop Questioning and Start Building!
The Ippolita Collective brought a humorous and refreshing change of perspective into the attempt to search and formulate solutions for one of the issues addressed by the second session of the Society of the Query conference, namely Digital Civil Rights. They proposed to change the “what” style of questioning associated with positions of domination, as [...]
Matthew Fuller: Search Engine Alternatives
The search market is a multi-billion dollar industry, and given such potential to capitalize there is a large window of opportunity with a vast range of possibilities for the future of search. The mythology of the search engine is that there is only one type of user and only one end-point for any given search. [...]
Teresa Numerico on Cybernetics, Search Engines and Resistance
Teresa Numerico is a lecturer at the University of Rome, where she teaches history and philosophy of computer science and epistemology of new media. Her presentation brought a historical and philosophy of science perspective into the themes of this conference: web search, search engines and the society of the query. She attempted to see search [...]
Book Presentation: „Deep Search – The Politics of Search beyond Google“
Konrad Becker, co-founder of the World-Information Institute, used the occasion to present the book „Deep Search – The Politics of Search beyond Google“. He states that it was the editors‘ objective to create a book about searching which does not focus on Google because the concentration on the company from Mountain View, California restricts the [...]
Matteo Pasquinelli: Are We Renting our Collective Intelligence to Google?
Matteo Pasquinelli’s presentation this morning at the Society of the Query was based on his paper, Google’s PageRank Algorithm: A Diagram of Cognitive Capitalism and the Rentier of the Common Intellect. The paper can be downloaded from his website. The essay and presentation of the Italian media theorist and critic focused on an alternative direction [...]
Joris van Hoboken: Does privacy still exist in an environment of search?
“In a society of the query, it’s an interesting question to ask what happens to all those queries, what legal norms apply to the registration, processing and access to these queries, and do these norms successfully safeguard the more fundamental interests of search engine users: a free realm to seek and access information and ideas,” [...]
David Gugerli – “A dead body in a CSI show is a database full of traces”
Swiss historian of technology David Gugerli talked about the culture of the serach society during his speech at the Society of the Query. Gugerli emphasizes how searching has become a crucial part in every part of society. The author of “Search Engines. The World as a database” (review here) exemplifies this by mentioning the U.S. [...]
Yann Moulier Boutang asks, “Are we all just Google’s worker bees?”
Are we all just worker bees being exploited by Google for capitalistic means? Google has become the emblem of cognitive capitalism because it has invented a new economic model relying on the controlled development of collective intelligence networks. French socio-economist Yann Moulier Boutang explored the dependency of Google (as a factory for the commodization of [...]
Society of the Query Conference coverage
Geert Lovink just welcomed all the visitors and described how the conference came into being after his essay on Society of the Query and the Googlization of Our Lives. Bloggers Chris Castiglione, Liliana Bounegru, Dennis Deicke, Morgan Currie, Rosa Menkman and Tjerk Timan will be covering the Society of the Query Conference on this blog. [...]