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Trawling With Engines Of Meaning

Ultimately no human brain, no planet full of human brains, can possibly catalog the dark, expanding ocean of data we spew. In a future of information auto-organized by folksonomy, we may not even have words for the kinds of sorting that will be going on; like mathematical proofs with 30,000 steps, they may be beyond comprehension. But they’ll enable searches that are vast and eerily powerful. We won’t be surfing with search engines any more. We’ll be trawling with engines of meaning.

via -@bruces (Bruce Sterling)

I love the poetry of the words, but I believe we will depend on social networks to act as our ‘engines of meaning’ — and they may involve 30,000 steps. Meaning is the new search.

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