Sunday, October 1, 2006

How Google really works: Pigeons

Google technology:

PigeonRank's success relies primarily on the superior trainability of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia) and its unique capacity to recognize objects regardless of spatial orientation. The common gray pigeon can easily distinguish among items displaying only the minutest differences, an ability that enables it to select relevant web sites from among thousands of similar pages.

I had no idea that the color of the pigeon mattered. Some other important metrics:

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