Design for an Entrance to the Internet (Research & Development). / Much has been written about technology's tendency to trap us into 'search bubbles' and solely affirmative 'echo chambers' but little is done to proactively help us out of these traps. Socratic Search is a tool to help burst search bubbles and open the doors of echo chambers. The biases of technology, and particularly search engines, are often hidden within algorithms that we have little or no control over, or indeed awareness of. Simple variations to our digital tools, such as the introduction of more philosophical biases, might in future empower search engine users with the choice to explore biases by their own conscious decisions rather than those of an algorithms .
June 2016, Dezeen: Ted Hunt's Socratic Search invites Google users to question their assumptions
In 2016 Google's annual Search Trend report showed that 'what is love' was the search engines most asked question with 5x more searches than 'what is science.' Google's single search button fails to provide a wide or considered spectrum of deep thought in answering this essential question, however. Here's how Socratic Search might guide users into deeper, more disciplined ways of considering the same question;
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