Confession Devices Mirror Our Google Search Autocompleted Yearnings
A British artist explores the ways we let off steam online through touch devices
The highly personal, and at the same time completely unsecured, universe of Google’s autocomplete system suggests searches to you that are in fact the product of some distant person’s yearnings. Over time, it becomes sometimes reassuring, sometimes funny, and at other times intimidating that many people have searched for the same thing, to the point that it comes up as a suggestion when you’re searching for something else. But our connection with these little moments of contact with a collective human soul is still through the cold medium of typing, in an environment that favors rational results, not to mention financial returns.