Today Google released a new search tool that will search your personal files: emails, documents, chat transcripts and so on. The next version of windows, codenamed Longhorn and planned for 2006, was going to be based on a powerful new search-centric file system, but gave up on it – looks like Google is happy to fill the spot. The software’s only available for Windows right now. And, obviously aware of privacy concerns about gmail, Google promises that none of the data on your computer will ever get to Google central. Update: John Battelle has an extensive piece about this, including an interview with a Google representative. A cool thing is that the desktop search will also search every website that you’ve ever looked at, using your browser’s logs and cache. It only works on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for now. Hm.

5 thoughts on “google searches your harddrive

  1. Ian Bogost

    Mac users, rejoice: http://quicksilver.blacktree.com. Changed the way I use my computer.

  2. Jill

    I installed that a few weeks ago and have been trying to use it but obviously haven’t quite cracked the codes – or else my brain works differently or something. So far it doesn’t seem a lot easier than the standard interface.

    What, specifically, do you like about it, Ian?

  3. bicyclemark

    Eww.. hooray for google invading the little privacey I value.

  4. trond

    “Eww.. hooray for google invading the little privacey I value.”
    Then don’t use it. It’s not mandatory to download and use every piece of software in the world 😉

  5. :)

    Hi. Apple wil have this in ther next versjon that wil come next year 🙂 http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/spotlight.html

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Machine Vision

Cultural Representations of Machine Vision: An Experimental Mixed Methods Workshop

Call for submissions to a workshop, Bergen, Norway
Workshop dates: 15-17 August 2022
Proposals due: 15 June

The Machine Vision in Everyday Life project invites proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop using qualitative approaches and digital methods to analyse how machine vision is represented in art, science fiction, games, social media and other forms of cultural and aesthetic expression.

Digital Humanities Machine Vision

What do different machine vision technologies do in fiction and art?

For the Machine Vision in Everyday Life project we’ve analysed how machine vision technologies are portrayed and used in 500 works of fiction and art, including 77 digital games, 190 digital artworks and 233 movies, novels and other narratives. You can browse […]

AI and algorithmic culture Presentations

My talk on caring AIs in recent sci-fi novels

I’m giving a talk at an actual f2f academic conference today, Critical Borders, Radical Re(visions) of AI, in Cambridge. I was particularly excited to see this conference because it’s organised by the people who edited AI Narratives A History of Imaginative Thinking […]