Sunday, October 21, 2012

Is This What the Internet Really Looks Like?

It’s not just a search engine, it’s a verbGoogle! Despite some recent glitches with finances, Google remains for many the face of the Internet, the go-to site to go to anywhere else in a flash. But if Google is the face of the Internet, what is the face of Google? Sure, those Google Doodles (especially the recent Star Trek doodle, a personal favorite) put a funny, must-click exterior on the page, but what does the heart of Google, and therefore the internet, really look like. Maybe it looks like one of Connie Zhou’s amazing photographs of one of Google’s Data Centers (shown above), now featured on their own Google page. The Internet’s the all-consuming abstraction of our time—the deity of our day—so isn’t it time to look upon the face of our god and ask if this is what the internet really looks like? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Is This What the Internet Really Looks Like?"

[Image: Google Data Center in Oregon. Caption: “These colorful pipes are responsible for carrying water in and out of our Oregon data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.” Photo credit: Connie Zhou.]

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