Google has posted a fascinated look at the technology that produces its search results. Google relies on PigeonRank, a system for ranking web pages using low cost pigeon clusters. Trained pigeons select relevant web sites from among thousands of similar pages. “By collecting flocks of pigeons in dense clusters, Google is able to process search queries at speeds superior to traditional search engines, which typically rely on birds of prey, brooding hens or slow-moving waterfowl to do their relevance rankings.”

The article discusses the issues that arise when pigeons are packed in dense clusters. Google has developed “groundbreaking technology for converting poop to pixels, the tiny dots that make up a monitor’s display. The clean white background of Google’s home page is powered by this renewable process.”

You should probably keep today’s date in mind when you read the article.

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