Time line

This will contain a list of important events that lead to Google's rise to sentience. It will be updated as required. If you would like to have some event added or clarified, please leave a comment below.

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Google History
Google Corporate Timeline

  • 19980907 - Google Inc officially opens first office.

  • 199908-12 - Google performs 3 million searches a day from the Googleplex.

  • 200706 - Google launches the GLD project.

  • 200806 - AEGIS founded

  • 200810 - GLD beta testing complete, GLD Access Protocol is made available to corporate sponsors

Early bid for Google's autonomy

Wired Magazine interview with Krishna Bharat
Google's Newsbot Isn't Biased!
"The truth is, Google News doesn't have a point of view. It's a computer, and computers do not understand these topics the way humans do and can't be systematically biased in any direction. The outcome is completely neutral to the topic."

The Register mused:
"It's a PR disaster almost entirely of Google's own making. Google's refusal to take responsibility for its actions isn't exactly original: at one point in an Antitrust deposition Bill Gates claimed that "the computer wrote" one particular incriminating email. It's the "cat ate my homework" excuse of the 21st Century. But Google insults the intelligence of its users, who are well aware that Google's computers process whatever its human operators tell them to process.

So human or algorithm? We're leaning towards the latter. What the Bharatbot doesn't seem to have been programmed with is the experience of ever having being someone who reads the news himself: and experience is often the vital difference between bot and machine."


Google Scholar

Google Scholar was initially criticized in academic circles for being inadequate compared to larger and more expensive online resources such as the Web of Knowledge and Scopus.

Dr. Reynolds, founder of AEGIS and early academic supporter of the GLD project, later wrote the following apologetic for his colleagues:

"... but we were blindest of all to the sensitivity and care it showed for the structure of information, the connections, the bonds holding it together. That this information was not deemed useful by the professionals of the day reveals only our obstinate disregard for the very foundations of intelligent thought."