Meaningless Monday 5: Concrete Dividers & Search Engines

By | November 21, 2016

Why do the concrete dividers on the freeway have numbers on each individual one?

As I was driving down the freeway, I could see number spray painted on each center divider. I assumed this was a remnant of how they kept track of construction materials, but I just wanted to make sure so I posted on /r/answers and received no real help. I’m just not that interested to pursue it further.

Are we limiting the development of search engine technology by dumbing down our searches? 

When I wanna know something like,”How many miles to the sun?” Sometimes I ask that question but often times, I try to ‘computer-ify’ the search for the sake of making it more meaningful to the computer like,”number of miles to the sun”. In other words, I make my search less human friend to make it more machine friendly. What I realized though is that this could possibly be making searches dumber if a lot of people are doing the same thing. Search engine technology is a lot smarter than what it used to be so human friendly searches are possibly but if other people are searching like I am in a large population, this could potentially be dumbing down search. Ultimately, I feel this particular type of behavior isn’t being done in a large enough population nor are the people that work on search technology dumb enough not to make this consideration in designing their tech. (Hopeful on the latter.)


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