Sebastian Schmieg’s record of successive “visually similar image” searches through Google, starting with a flat black screen, and selecting the top hit at each iteration. As Jessica Rett points out, the video implies that Google is working with a non-symmetrical definition of visual similarity.
Multi-modal ambiguity! (Cartoon by Michael Maslin.)
The 2011 Egyptian election ballot followed the common practice of including both names and graphical symbols for each candidate. The symbols embody a neat division of denotation (the designated candidate) and connotation (the ideas associated with the chosen graphic). (Detail of a photo by Tara Todras-Whitehill, AP.)
Just as Google search has been compared to our native ability to sort and remember information, might Pandora model our preference structure? (h/t Will Starr)
Every light is a shade, compared to the higher lights, till you come to the sun; and every shade is a light, compared to the deeper shades, till you come to the night.
— John Ruskin (1879)